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When reporting on a project that is still being worked on, do you call it in progress or do you call it in process?

I have heard both, and both make sense in their own way. I want to know what both the descriptivists and prescriptivists have to say.

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Describing a project as in process sounds pretty odd to me, but apparently the form does occur - although in progress is about 5 times more common, as this NGram clearly shows. .

This chart specifically for in process of [changing, for example] strongly suggests the usage is falling out of favour. enter image description here

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What I have to say:

The writing of my project is currently in progress.

or

My project is currently in the process of being written.

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I would say in the process [of being written] –  Matt Эллен Aug 8 '11 at 14:49
    
Before consulting Google books I'd have thought your second sentence was simply sloppy English, with the word "the" conspicuous by its absence. I now know better, but the evidence does suggest it's "dated". –  FumbleFingers Aug 8 '11 at 14:59
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