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#1 Lorinda H. M. Hoover

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:06 PM

Dr J's webinar on Search Command-part 2 gave me an idea about how I might improve my workflow for sermon prep. Except that I didn't end up with the results I expected.

Here's the basic set-up: I have a text tab (NOT a search tab) named Epistle, currently displaying Romans 4:13-25. There are three panes in the tab: NRSV, GNT-T, and NET, in that order. Text order is set to GNT-T.

I created a new search tab, set to GNT-T, and entered the following command:

[CONTENTS Epistle] <AND> [COUNT 2-10] @-([ARTICLE] ,[CONJUNCTION] , [PREPOSITION], [PARTICLE], [PRONOUN])

The search runs, but none of the words found occur 2-10 times within Romans 4:12-25. All the words identified occur only once in that range.

I notice that if I change the range in the drop-down, the hits change. Would I be correct that this is because using CONTENTS with COUNT has the same effect as using RANGE with COUNT? (In terms of how the count applies to the assigned range).

The goal of the search is to find repeated words (aside from articles, pronouns, etc.) in the given pericope. So far the only way I've found to do this is to create a temporary range in the dropdown. Is there a better way to do this?

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#2 Helen Brown

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:36 PM

Yes, the COUNT command is counting the words in the range as determined by the menu, it always does. It displays the results only in the verses determined by the rest of your argument, whether that is a CONTENTS or other command. So if you want words which occur twice in a specific range, you must set that as a range in the dialog and in the pop-up menu.
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