"Erik Veenstra" <erikveen / gmail.com> writes:

>> If I were to ask someone for the length of the word apples, I
>> would say "What is the length of apples?" In ruby, this would
>> be "apples".length.
>
> Length is a property _OF_ "apples".
>
>> If I were to ask someone for the sine of, say, 90, I would
>> say "What is the sine of 90?" In ruby, this would be
>> Math.sin(90)
>
> Sin is an action _WITH_ 90.
>
>> even though the structure of the sentence is the same as for
>> "apples" above.
>
> To me, it's not.
>
> gegroet,
> Erik V. - http://www.erikveen.dds.nl/
>

I tend to agree. Length can be interpreted as part of, or an attribute
of the object (string) apples. Sin is an action in a class of mathematical
operations which can operate on instances from a class of numbers.

Tim


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