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    • Join Date: Jun 2009
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    Is "with" the proper preposition in that sentence?

    Hello,
    Are those the proper prepositions that can be used in these sentences:

    A person can express his displeasure with that system.

    And in case I decided to use another word like in this: A person can express his disapproval about/of that system. Would that be correct or incorrect?

    Thanks a lot.


    • Join Date: Oct 2009
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    Re: Is "with" the proper preposition in that sentence?

    "with that system" would be incorrect because the meaning is ambiguous.

    "With that system" could mean you can use that system to express displeasure. or it could mean that you are displeased with a particular system.

    Try:
    A person can express his disapproval of the system.

    And a minor point
    [when you have an up-close action of human expression, you don't want to combine it with a "that" as an adjective. "That" pushes whatever you are talking about away—over there, away from the up-close action.

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