When you log into a website, how do you say that you are doing that in present tense? Can you say “logging in”? Or is there a different way to do this?
In today’s post, we will cover the answer to this question.
Is It Correct to Say “Logging In”?
It is correct to say “logging in”. Because the verb being modified is “log in”, you add –ing to the end to say that you are doing that verb right now. Thus, the proper present tense version of “log in” is “logging in”.
The phrase “log in” is mostly used in regards to accessing a website , or a profile on a website that requires a username and password. As you can see, “log in” is a verb construction, not just a verb by itself, since “in” is a preposition being added to the verb and not a verb itself.
So, when you want to change the tense of “log in”, you do not change anything about “in”. After all, there is no past, present, or future tense for prepositions. You will only change “log”, as that is the actual verb. In this case, you will be adding –ing to the end of “log” so it can work in present tense.
Consider the following examples:
- I have logged in (past tense).
- I am logging in (present tense).
- I will log in (future tense).
This method of changing verbs to different tenses is almost universal in English. You add –ed to the end of a verb to make it past tense, and add –ing to the end of a verb to make it present tense. There are a few exceptions to this, but not with the verb “log” specifically.
In short, yes, “logging in” is correct. But if you just really don’t like the way it sounds, we have compiled a list of what to say instead of “logging in” in the section below:
Other Ways to Say “Logging In”
Other ways of saying “logging in” are “signing in, accessing”, and “logging on”. These are the closest synonyms that mean the same thing as “logging in”, and are the best choices compared to all of the other options.
That’s because “logging in” doesn’t have very many direct synonyms. There are other words that can be implied as synonyms, but they require context to actually fit. Only the three mentioned above are direct synonyms that mean the same thing with no added context at all.
We’ll go into detail below on how the options differ:
1. Signing In
“Signing in” is a direct synonym for “logging in”. It derives from the concept of “signing” your username or password to get into a website or profile, just like signing your name on a document or a letter. The phrase is so synonymous that some websites use “sign in” instead of “log in”.
Needless to say, it’s the best choice of synonym out there, as nearly everyone is aware of its identical meaning to “log in”.
- I’m having some trouble signing in to my account.
- I caught Mario signing in to a website that is forbidden by the school.
When you are logging in to a website, you are doing so in order to access that website or your profile on that website. For this reason, “accessing” can be used as a direct synonym for “logging in”. This word would also work in other scenarios, since you can access sites that don’t need a login.
Still, when referring to the process of logging in to something, almost everyone will see “accessing” as synonymous.
- I am accessing my profile right now.
- I see that Sarah is still accessing the website.
3. Logging On
“Logging on” is very similar to “logging in”. After all, the only difference is a preposition. “In” and “on” are viewed as effectively synonymous when it comes to the internet (are you in a website or on it?). Because of this, most everyone considers “logging on” to be a synonym for “logging in”.
- Jane is logging on to her account as quickly as possible.
- Peter seems to be having trouble logging on, so maybe the server is down?
Now we get to the synonyms that aren’t quite as direct when it comes to “logging in”. Generally speaking, when you are logging into something, you are doing so to “enter” a website. In this sense, “entering” can be a synonym for “logging in”.
- I am entering the website you mentioned right now.
- As for entering my profile, I will need to type out my username and password.
5. Connecting To
When trying to get on a website, some people would say that you are “connecting to” it. In this way, the process of “logging in” can be synonymous with connecting to a website. That said, this really only works if you are trying to connect to a website that requires logging in.
If a website is accessible without a login, this synonym wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
- I can Gerald connecting to the school mainframe as we speak.
- Connecting to the old website won’t be easy, but I think I can do it.
6. Pulling Up
While the idiomatic phrase is a bit dated, the notion of opening webpages has often been associated with “pulling up”. If you are pulling up a webpage that requires you to log in for access, you could use “pulling up” as a roundabout synonym for “logging in”.
However, this is far from direct and a little vague. There are certainly better options that don’t leave as much room for confusion.
- He is pulling up his account on the website right now.
- I will try pulling up my profile, but I don’t remember my password.
7. Hooking Up To
“Hooking up to” a website is a pretty dated idiom for connecting to one or entering it. However, it can still be used if you are connecting to a website that requires a login. If the website does not require a login, this idiom will not work as a synonym for “logging in” specifically.
- I’ll try hooking up to the website, but I’m unsure of what my credentials for it are.
- If I can figure out what my password is, I’d have no trouble hooking up to this website.
8. Linking To
“Linking to” is another idiomatic phrase used to imply connecting to a website. Like the other phrases similar to this one, “linking to” can be used as a synonym for “logging in”, but only if you are required to log in to access a website in the first place. If no login is required, it won’t work as a synonym.
- Try linking to the website now that you’ve restarted your computer.
- Linking to my account is difficult since I don’t remember the answers to my security questions.