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    Default train burning incident

    In the case of the Gujarat riots, there has been a campaign to characterize the violence as a “spontaneous reaction” to the Godhra train burning incident.


    In the case of the Gujarat riots, there has been a campaign to characterize the violence as a “spontaneous reaction” to the Godhra burning train incident.

    In the case of the Gujarat riots, there has been a campaign to characterize the violence as a “spontaneous reaction” to the Godhra train, which was burnt, incident.

    What are the differences in meaning of the above three sentences?

    Can we put "against" at the place of "to" in the first sentence without changing the meaning?

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    Default Re: train burning incident

    All three sentnces have the same basic meaning. The third is a very strange construction that I wouldn't use. Of the first two, I prefer the first because it more strongly implies that buring the train was not an accident.

    You could use "against" to replace the second "to", but I prefer "to".

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