I am not sure about this:

Although Halas filmed the pornographic scenes before she was employed at the middle school -- between 2005 and 2006 -– the ongoing availability of the videos will impede her ability to be an effective teacher, wrote Judge Julie Cabos-Owen.

"Ongoing" seems to fit an activity or event better, not a quality. "Availability" is a quality. So, is the usage in the example sentence wrong?

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In this case it means the "State" of being Available - which is "Ongoing"


"ongoing availability" here is a way to substantivize the adjective phrase [still available]. Another option would have been to write:

"the fact that these videos are still available, will impede..."


No, it is not wrong. Availability here is not a 'quality' but a state, the state of being available, which may have temporal and even spatial extension.

This offer is available through September 30.
These hams are available at fine grocers everywhere.
These videos will continue to be available in the future.

  • +1 I like your way of explanation which I can apply elsewhere. ^_^
    – Kinzle B
    Jul 26, 2014 at 14:56

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