I want to write a sentence wherein the context is that there is a group 'T' which has fields T1, T2, … Tn. Should I write fields corresponding to 'T' or fields associated with 'T'?

What exactly is the difference between the two? Any help will be highly appreciated.

  • Did you try dictionaries? – SovereignSun Dec 12 '16 at 6:43

In the context of a scientific paper, I would read 'associated with' as meaning 'related to in some way'. 'Corresponding to' on the other hand is more strictly defined - it implies a one-to-one relationship. x and y values on a graph would be a good example - for every value of x, there is a corresponding value y.

In your example:

group 'T' which has fields T1, T2, … Tn.

Neither seems to be the case. I would suggest something along the lines of:

...group 'T' which is comprised of fields T1, T2, … Tn.

...group 'T' which is composed of fields T1, T2, … Tn.

...group 'T' which ranges from T1, T2, … Tn.

  • The fields are related to 'T'. So, can't I write fields associated with group 'T'? – Ayush Dec 12 '16 at 6:55
  • I can't find anything definitive on this, but T1,T2,...Tn aren't just related to group T. They are the building blocks that literally make up group T. X 'is comprised of' Y explicitly means that X is composed or made up of Y. – mike Dec 12 '16 at 7:09

I would write:

The fields comprising group 'T'...

See comprise:

  1. to include; contain

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