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Unread Oct 27th, 2008, 02:11 pm
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Default Prognosticate 'as to' ...

What is the difference between these two sentences if any?

prognosticate as to this election's outcome.
prognosticate this election's outcome.
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Unread Oct 27th, 2008, 02:27 pm
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Default Re: Prognosticate 'as to' ...

No difference. try searching on Google. "prognosticate" can be used either just with a direct object, or with a prepostion like "on" or "about" or - as here - "as to".

More interesting to me is "this election's outcome" rather than "the outcome of this election". What's the explanation of the possibility of using the 's possessive there ?
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Unread Oct 28th, 2008, 12:13 am
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Post election's outcome

Well I think theoretically it must not (or at least ought not) be used that way, but I see that people are using this form, widely.

An article in NY Times that uses this phrase. <---
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