"With this converter, one can convert A to B." Then the result of that conversion from A is B. How to attribute B later to let others know it was converted from something else?

  1. Converted B can be used to do something.
  2. B, as the conversion result from A, can be used to do something.

Sentence 1 sounds like B is the object that was just converted. And Sentence 2 is too long and I don't know if it is appropriate to say "conversion result".

A and B are conceptions from programming or software. For example, to convert an integer to float.

  • 1
    Do you mean, for example, that A could be a liquid measure expressed in litres and B the same quantity expressed US gallons? If so you could say "A, expressed as B, can be used to calculate fuel consumption in a manner meaningful to American motorists" – BoldBen Dec 8 '18 at 5:27
  • A and B are conceptions from programming or software. Updated the question. – zwcloud Dec 8 '18 at 5:29
  • Are you changing the definition of the variable without changing its value or are you creating a new variable with a different name and moving the new value to it? That is if you defined a variable price of type currency so that it only had two decimal places then passed it to your function would the function return price of type float or would it return a new variable (taxedPrice, say) of type float containing the value of price but capable of being multiplied by a non-integer tax rate and not having its decimal places truncated? – BoldBen Dec 8 '18 at 5:55
  • A and B are basically different kind of things. For example, A is a solid box (13cm*12cm*10cm) made of steel and B is a solid box made of copper. But the shape (13cm*12cm*10cm) of B is sampled from A. An imaginary converter takes A and converts it into B. – zwcloud Dec 8 '18 at 6:15
  • Regard the converter as a function, a black-box. – zwcloud Dec 8 '18 at 6:18

I think the result of conversion can be just 'a convert'. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary: convert noun con·​vert | \ˈkän-ˌvərt  \ Definition of convert : one that is converted. I realize the noun has a strong religious reference, but the new meaning may appear via the metaphorical transfer in the actual context.

  • A convert is a person ('one' in the definition) converted to another religion. – Alex_ander Dec 8 '18 at 7:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.