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    How to use "danger"

    Dear teachers,
    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?
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    Re: How to use "danger"

    Quote Originally Posted by siko View Post
    Dear teachers,
    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.
    It would be good to have the context (as usual). My first instinct is to say that it's the "is given" which sounds unnatural to me. I can think of several instances where "The danger of exclusion" is entirely possible but it really depends on what your student was referring to so if you can give us more context or a bit more of the piece then we can get a proper idea.

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    Re: How to use "danger"

    Dear emsr2d2,
    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.

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    Re: How to use "danger"

    "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.

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