I have a question involving the use of the verb "log in" vs. "log". Which question is correct or which is "most" proper?There's surely some change going on here. I wonder if these people are verbing login — that is, that 'to log in into the system' is actually 'to login into the system'? In technical writing, verb login looks pretty common, and some examples of to log in into look like they might really be the same too. The difference between the two looks pretty ambiguous and it's easy to see speakers reanalyzing this.I'm not sure I've heard the form myself, but in speech, you could probably distinguish the two.
1. "Can you log into the system?"
2. "Can you log in into the system?"
The second seems to be redundant however the correct verb is being used. The verb "log in" is associated with a computer.
The verb "log" in question 1 refers to recording such as recording a ships daily record of actions. For example. Capt Kirk often kept a Captain's log; although this is the noun. He logged the action he took (i.e., He would "log" it down).
The verb "log in" is correct in the sense that if someone from the help desk was asking a question such as "Can you log in?" It is comprehensible that they are asking if I could access the computer system.
The proper response would seem to be "No / Yes, I can('t) log in into the system.
Which is correct and why?