How do you calculate the percentage of prepositional phrases and infinitive phrases?
Sanjay's question refers to an answer of mine, where I cite the Chicago Manual of Style's advice concerning usage of prepositions. CMoS seems to calculate their recommendation thus:
w = total number of words
p = number of prepositions (this number includes both prepositions that stand alone and those that introduce phrases; it also includes "to" except when it is used as an infinitive marker)
% of prepositions = p/w
Because infinitive markers add to the bumpy rhythm that prepositional phrases cause, I add those into the calculation.
i = number of infinitive markers ("to")
% of prepositions and infinitives = (p+i)/w
I hope this helps.
|link||answered Nov 01 '12 at 17:52 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
The next question is, 'Calculate each as a percentage of what?' The 'what' is the critical number. If the percentages are in relation to one another, you could add the total number of prepositional phrases and infinitive phrases together, and divide the total into each one.
p=total number of prepostional phrases
i=total number of infinitive phrases
% of infinitive phrases = i/(p+i)
% of prep. phrases = p/(p+i)
|link||answered Nov 01 '12 at 16:15 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
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