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  1. "Term has X search results"
  2. "A search for term has X results*
  3. "A search for term resulted in X results"

Is anyone else confused by this? A "search" generally "results" in something, but lacking an alternative to "results" (like "items" or "records") you end up with duplicity (#3). No. 2, the alternative, has "search" "contain" the results, which isn't more correct. What do you think?

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    It's quite true you can say that a "search" generally "results" in something, but it would be silly to say a search results in results. Either replace the verb (with, say, returns) or replace the noun with something like matches or instances. – FumbleFingers Aug 25 at 12:56
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    (Btw - duplicity doesn't mean the same thing as duplication, which is the word you should have used above.) – FumbleFingers Aug 25 at 13:00
  • There is nothing ungrammatical about saying a search resulted in many search results. The word, correctly, is a noun in the first use and an attributive noun in the second use. But, stylistically, it's redundant and sounds awkward. Since it's made obvious from the first part of the sentence that a search took place, there is no need to qualify what kind of results were found in the second part of the sentence. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Aug 25 at 14:33
  • yield is a good verb here. – Anton Sherwood Sep 27 at 21:42
  • A search for "exculpatory" on Google yields about 3,000,000 hits. – Wayfaring Stranger Sep 28 at 2:34
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“Seek and ye shall find

Mathew 7:7 KJV

So

The search found

solves a self-inflicted problem.

  • Didn't the person find, not the search? – Docom Oct 1 at 13:52
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Some useful alternatives (credit goes to @FumbleFingers):

Either replace the verb (with, say, returns) or replace the noun with something like matches or instances.

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I think you're referring to search engines and internet speak. In that context, a search displays results. "Display" is the verb that's used.

Examples:

"While search engines display results from many different sources..."

"...search engines that display results in..."

"A search engine results page displays..."

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