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    Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor_________picks disease

    Dear teachers,
    In the blank, which preposition should I use?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor_________picks disease

    You should try first.

    What is the source of this sentence? Are you sure you've transcribed it correctly? It lacks two capital letters and a full stop for a start.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-Feb-2014 at 09:21.

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    Re: Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor_________picks disease

    I'm intrigued to know what "picks disease" is and how one gets/treats it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4
    Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor for Picks disease. How about now? To be honest, I too do not know what picks disease is. I just wanted to know the correct preposition.

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    Re: Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor_________picks disease

    Pick's Disease (note the apostrophe).

    I note that your choice of preposition is "for". Whilst I don't think that "for" is entirely wrong, the usual preposition in this context is "in".

    There are many risk factors in lung disease.
    Smoking is a major risk factor in many cancers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor_________picks disease

    I don't know if it's just me, but both for and in sound fine.

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    Re: Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor_________picks disease

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I don't know if it's just me, but both for and in sound fine.
    It's not just you. For me, the difference is sometimes "for" (developing) Pick's Disease and "in" (someone who has) Pick's disease.

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    Re: Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor_________picks disease

    I agree with Mike. There's a technicality. 'For' implies "for developing", while 'in' tends to mean "in the progression of".
    That's the way it's mostly used in medical circles.

    Lack of birth control is a major risk factor for pregnancy.
    In pregnancy, it's not a risk factor at all.
    Bacterial infections are a risk factor in HIV.
    Bacterial infection are not a risk factor for HIV.
    Last edited by Raymott; 16-Feb-2014 at 08:55.

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