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    Choice of preposition

    "We relied on our sources in the police." -- A British journalist.

    I cannot explain why (probably it's due to my ignorance about English grammar), but I am not comfortable with his choice of preposition.

    Would you suggest another preposition that would also fit in that sentence?


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    #2

    Re: Choice of preposition

    sources with the police

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    #3

    Re: Choice of preposition

    Thank you, Teacher Bennevis.

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    #4

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    For me, a speaker of BrE, 'in' or 'within' are natural. In fact, I don't think that anyone would use 'with' here.

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    For me, a speaker of BrE, 'in' or 'within' are natural. In fact, I don't think that anyone would use 'with' here.
    Me neither. But...

    The Los Angeles Times reported in its Wednesday issue that the splotches on the driveway were blood stains and that sources with the police had said that blood was also found in Mr. Simpson's car.

    By SETH MYDANS
    Published: June 15, 1994

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    #6

    Re: Choice of preposition

    Here is one more (US):

    They talked to sources with the police, hospitals, shelters, the electric companies, and to tree-cutters and others.

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    #7

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    I get the same feeling about this sentence too, Parser.
    For some reason, I want to add "department" after police. The sentence just doesn't feel "balanced" without it, if that makes any sense.

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    #8

    Re: Choice of preposition

    Another BrE/AmE difference.

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    Re: Choice of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Another BrE/AmE difference.
    I'm just going to have to cross the pond and teach them English. sigh.

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