I understand it looks so naive however I don"t really quite understand also "topic to" + verb pattern. Such as :

These computer systems are subject to change.

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Part of the problem may be that this consumption concerns the adjective subject quite than the verb.

One definition at dictionary.com for the adjective is:

19. open up or exposed (normally complied with by to ): topic to ridicule.

"These computer systems are topic to change" suggests the computer systems are open to change.

Anvarious other part of the trouble with this consumption might be the different definitions:

Some various other meanings at dictionary.com for the adjective are:

20. being dependent or conditional upon somepoint (commonly complied with by to ): His consent is topic to your approval.

21. being under the need of undergoing something (commonly complied with by to ): All beings are topic to death.

The range of definitions from "open up to exposed" to "being dependent or conditional upon" to "being under the need of undergoing" practically seems designed to confuse.


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Tbelow seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding: change is a noun below, not a verb.

As Krueger has described, the adjective subject + to + noun x commonly implies "exposed to x / open to x / susceptible to x".

So your example these computer systems are topic to change could intend somepoint like this:

These computers might be changed ("are open to change/changes").

But I must say I uncover the usage of subject to change through computers a bit odd: once somepoint is said to be subject to change, it is normally some statement or position or record, not really a physical object favor a computer system. But of course in an unexplained context it is possible.


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It suggests that verb have the right to take place to it. Change can happen to computer systems, or computers have the right to be brought about to undergo or endure readjust.


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It bears stating that, while you can say topic to , "topic to change" itself is a fairly prevalent expression that just suggests " might change later on."


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answered Sep 18 "11 at 2:20
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The soimg.org phrase "X is/are topic to Y" has 3 various common meanings:

Y is required for X to take place or regulates the manner in which X can occur. "The merger is topic to shareholder approval." "U.S. action in Libya is subject to the War Powers Act."

Y is a process that regularly happens to X. "Battery contacts are subject to corrosion."

Y is point that might act on or become associated with X. "Specifications are topic to change." "Are tablets subject to malware?"


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answered Sep 18 "11 at 9:37
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subject to suggests contingent or dependent on.

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