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Here’s an interesting question from a workshop participant:

Which is correct: “resulting in” or “resulting to”? Actually, I encountered this “word-problem” way back pa po. Ang alam ko po kasi it’s one of the common mistakes eh. “Resulting in” po ba ang tama? That’s what I told my supervisor eh. And if tama po ako na mali talaga yung “resulting to,” why is that?

Yup, the prepositional pairing is resulting in. I think resulting to is an erroneous combination of resulting in and amounting to perhaps because the preposition to implies movement and direction while the preposition in is static.

Why would resulting require the preposition in? No special reason. Some prepositional pairs are arbitrary. For instance, we say insist on and persist in, but they both mean (almost) the same thing. :) It’s just how it is.

So we just keep reading and taking note of prepositional pairs. Sometimes there are some verbs that do not need prepositions at all.

 

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