Pending vs. Waiting

I saw the word “pending” used as a verb. It is not. Pending is either a preposition or an adjective.

Bad Example:

The project is pending HAZOP before we can break ground.

The correct verb participle here would be “waiting.”

Whether you would use “waiting on” or “waiting for” is the subject of a previous Tip of the Day (Dec. 2, 2011).

Corrected Example 1:

The project is waiting for HAZOP before we can break ground.

The project is waiting for the pending HAZOP before we can break ground.

Pending is an adjective that means not yet settled or awaiting conclusion or confirmation. In this case, the HAZOP, or hazardous operations assessment, is the thing that is pending, not the project.

Corrected Example 2:

We are waiting to break ground on the project because HAZOP is still pending.

We cannot break ground on the project because HAZOP is pending.

Pending can also be a preposition that means during, while in the process of, while awaiting, or until.

Corrected Example 3:

Groundbreaking is on hold pending HAZOP. (while awaiting)

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Repetitive Redundancy of the Day:

A linear line

It would be WAY better to say “a straight line.”
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Profound Quote of the Day:

“Those who are seeking ways to tap into the potential of e-mail will find themselves in a position to capitalize on the pending explosion in Internet usage.”

– Alexander Haig, former US Secretary of State, 1924-2010

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