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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is correct?

1) Do you mind if I continue to send you questions RELATING TO idioms?

2) Do you mind if I continue to send you questions RELATED TO idioms?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

1) Do you mind if I continue to send you questions RELATING TO idioms?

2) Do you mind if I continue to send you questions RELATED TO idioms?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** They mean the same thing.  RELATING TO is the PRESENT PARTICIPLE.  RELATED TO is the PAST PARTICIPLE.

The present participle gives the feeling of being more "today" or "up-to-date."  The past participle is used to describe things that are in the past -- that are NOT present.

The decision is yours to make.  If you have already compiled a list of idioms, then the past participle would be favored.  If you are currently making a list OR if you intend to keep adding to your list, use the present participle form.

EXAMPLES:

Today's meeting will be devoted to new issues RELATING TO the school's discipline policies.

Jennifer is collecting travel information RELATING TO her planned vacation in Ireland.

Martin had already compiled a number of essays RELATED TO the theme of his paper.

The police searched the apartment of the suspect and found several items RELATED TO the crime.

Ted

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