While studying an online article, I came to a sentence:

The media firm had uploaded some videos on the internet relating to these banks as well as Prudential Life Insurance and Life Insurance.

As per my understanding related should come in place of relating. Please clear my doubt.

  • +1 Good question ... from my point of view both "feel" right, but I'm not a native speaker. – takrl Mar 28 '13 at 12:00
  • I have no special insight here, but found this over on ELU – Shawn Mooney Mar 28 '13 at 12:04
  • @ShawnMooney To my mind the very subtle distinctions drawn in those answers are purely idiolectal: you may conform your use to the difference, but you should not have any confidence that your hearers will (or should) draw the same distinction. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 28 '13 at 12:09

Relate is used today both transitively and intransitively.

We relate these videos to those banks. >> videos related to banks
And in fact the passive participle is virtually a deverbal now: it has lost its verbal sense and is an independent adjective.

These videos relate to those banks. >> videos relating to banks

Consequently, either word is acceptable.

  • Agreed both are acceptable, and your deconstruction is perfectly accurate. But I think it's probably fair to say in OP's context most people would go for relating. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 28 '13 at 12:41
  • @FumbleFingers You think? I really have no idea. NGrams on "videos relatxx to" say -ed in AE, -ing in BE until 1999 when it's overtaken by -ed. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 28 '13 at 13:28
  • I admit it's really just my "gut feel". But maybe it's relevant to note that Google Books claims 103K instances of "some documents relating to", as against only 4K for "some documents related to". And it seems to me those two search strings would nearly always be in effectively the same context as OP's example. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 28 '13 at 14:38
  • When I GB I get no totals reported. I get similar results to yours with NGram searches on "documents relatxx", but with -ed increasing and -ing declining over the last 40 years ... and more markedly in AE than in BE. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 28 '13 at 15:01

Related to usually describes a permanent relationship, whether between people or ideas. The past participle by itself (related) functions like an adjective.

Relating to is used generally to denote a reference to something else.

A more confusing example of the terms can be taken as:

Do you have any information related to/relating to ice hockey?

Here, both of them appear to give the same meaning but they are still different in the following sense.

Do you have any information relating to ice hockey?

This would mean that you want information which is actually about ice-hockey.

Do you have any information related to ice hockey?

This would mean any information which may even vaguely be considered having a connection is considered.

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