one of my students wrote "The danger of exclusion is given." The sentence sounds rather unidiomatic to me. What do you think? Is the sentence acceptable?
Thanks a lot.
The text discusses chances and risks of social media. My student was referring to social exclusion: "Many people do not use social-networking platforms. The danger of exclusion is given. Many social events are organised on these platforms." "Danger is given" sounds odd to me.
"The danger of exclusion" is still fine. The use of "is given" doesn't work unless the specific danger actually is "given" (written) later in the piece. I wonder if the writer was confusing it with "is a given" meaning "is obvious" or "can be taken for granted".
For people who don't use social networking sites, the danger of exclusion is clear/obvious/a given, because many social events are organised on these platforms.