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Participle Placement in Recipes

lamb_da_calculus | Jun 7, 2014 08:38 AM

Do you pay any attention to where participles are placed in recipes? For example, does "500g trimmed leeks" mean something different to you than "500g leeks, trimmed" (the participle here being "trimmed")? Or "2c sifted flour" vs "2c flour, sifted"? In general I try to match where the participle goes because "500g trimmed leeks" seems to imply that the recipe calls for 500g of usable leeks whereas "500g leeks, trimmed" seems to start with 500g and end up with, what, 400-450g after trimming?

Yeah, this is somewhat obsessive and possibly irrelevant. But I'm curious.

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