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Old March 06, 2011, 05:16 AM
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Is "single" a verb? This is the sentence:

This principle insists on singling out and highlighting salient attributes.

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Old March 06, 2011, 05:40 AM
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Is "single" a verb? This is the sentence:

This principle insists on singling out and highlighting salient attributes.

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Yes, single is a verb, but only with 'out' (or 'forth' - very uncommon)

To single out means to separate one thing from others. Your example is interesting because the verb is probably incorrect. You can only single out one thing, so you can't single out attributes.

I saw this incorrect use recently in a newpaper - something like Germany, Italy and France were singled out as being ...
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Old March 06, 2011, 05:53 AM
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What would you say here instead of 'singling out' here, separating?
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What would you say here instead of 'singling out' here, separating?
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