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    collocations with responsibility and problems

    I was wondering if the following sounds correct to native speakers' ears:

    1) escape the responsibility of...
    2) escape the problem of ...
    3) run away from the responsibility of ...
    4) run away from the problem of ...

    I know there isn't really any explanation for collocations in English, so a simple tick and cross will help clarify everything. THANKS A LOT :)

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    Re: collocations with responsibility and problems

    Hello, Tedwonny.

    (I'm not a native speaker of English. If you don't mind me making comments...)

    All of them seem to be OK:
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=escap...0&t=0&sugg=off
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=escap...0&t=0&sugg=off
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=run+a...0&t=0&sugg=off
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=run+a...0&t=0&sugg=off

    (I'd usually use "for" with the noun "responsibility" - escape the responsibility for ...
    I'm not saying "of" is incorrect. It depends on the following phrase/words.)
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 16-Apr-2014 at 17:56.

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    #3

    Re: collocations with responsibility and problems

    If 1=3, 'of' is right in each case; 'responsibility for' can (but needn't) be followed by a bad thing: 'responsibility for a crime/fraud/atrocity/damage...'. With tzfujimino's substitution of 'for', 1 doesn't mean the same as 3 (which may be what you wanted).

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    #4

    Re: collocations with responsibility and problems

    How about avoid responsibility for instead of escape?

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    Re: collocations with responsibility and problems

    'Escape' sounds a bit over-dramatic - although it might be suitable, if the effort to avoid responsibility was sufficiently dramatic - joining the French Foreign Legion perhaps.

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