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    Complaint (grammar)

    Hello!
    I would like to know which prepositions can be used after the word complaint before its subject, and, if possible, learn more about differences between them (namely, complaint about rudeness or complaint on rudeness). Also, is there any difference in use of these prepositions after complaint and complain?
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    Re: Complaint (grammar)

    We normally make a complaint about some person or thing, though we can make a compaint against a person.

    We complain about some person or thing, though we can complain of a thing.

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    Re: Complaint (grammar)

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    We normally make a complaint about some person or thing, though we can make a compaint against a person.

    We complain about some person or thing, though we can complain of a thing.
    Thank you! One more question: is the form complaint on smth acceptable in general? (for example, like it's used here: China Says U.S. Complaint on Clean Energy Is ‘Irresponsible’ - BusinessWeek)
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    Re: Complaint (grammar)

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMax View Post
    One more question: is the form complaint on smth acceptable in general? (for example, like it's used here: China Says U.S. Complaint on Clean Energy Is ‘Irresponsible’ - BusinessWeek)
    I don't find it natural. I note that the article begins: "A complaint from the United Steelworkers union in the U.S. about China’s clean energy policies is “groundless” ..."

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    Re: Complaint (grammar)

    I'm not a teacher.



    Hi BlackMax,



    In our out-of-the-way village we use also “to” and “of”.

    I complained to the manager about the service.

    She complained of indigestion.

    She complained to the manager that there was not hot water.

    They lodged a complaint against me.

    She field a complaint about the service with the manager.

    Our complaint to the dean was ignored.

    They rejected his complaint that proper procedures had not been followed.

    There are not grounds for complaint.


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    Re: Complaint (grammar)

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    In our out-of-the-way village we use also “to” and “of”.
    Could there be just the slighest suspicion of sarcasm there, Vil?

    Never mind - You gave some useful examples there.

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    Re: Complaint (grammar)

    It's a safe bet that your speculation is an unwarranted charge.

    Really and truly I live in an isolated village to a short distance from Varna where I may to pretend to a certain degree to be Erasmus of Rotterdam.

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