The method A is applied for the determination of B.


The method A is applied to the determination of B.

I often see these phrases in scientific texts. But which one is correct?

There is another post here asking a seemingly similar question, however, the context is quite different. I am sure, many scientific writers hesitate for at least a second about the choice of preposition in this situation.

  • Both work. Both make sense. Both ultimately mean the same though through different semantic routes. I do not hesitate -- it depends on the broader context because of the subtle difference in meaning. – Kris Mar 14 at 8:20
  • @Kris Thank you, very interesting remark! What do you mean by "different semantic routes" ? Can you, please, elaborate, I would be eager to learn. – yarchik Mar 14 at 8:23

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