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    Threats Against/At/Toward

    I have a question about the preposition to use with "threat":


    1. "He made threats against her."
    2. "He made threats at her."
    3. "He made threats toward her."


    Should it be "against", "at", or "toward"?

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    Re: Threats Against/At/Toward

    Against.

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    Re: Threats Against/At/Toward

    @MikeNewYork

    So, the "at" and "toward" versions are universally-condemned nonstandard variants of the "against" version?

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    Re: Threats Against/At/Toward

    I doubt that anything is universal.

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    Re: Threats Against/At/Toward

    I could accept 'against' or 'towards', but not 'at'.

    (BE 'towards' = AE 'toward'.)

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    Re: Threats Against/At/Toward

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    So, the "at" and "toward" versions are universally-condemned nonstandard variants of the "against" version?
    "He was casting threats at workers as he left the office."
    The preposition doesn't just rely on the following noun. Your response seems to infer that the only thing you can do with threats is "make" them. But if you change the verb, you can use different prepositions. And you'll find this happens a lot.

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    Re: Threats Against/At/Toward

    Is it correct to say: He was hurling threats at the teacher.

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    Re: Threats Against/At/Toward

    That would be unusual.

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    Re: Threats Against/At/Toward

    "He hurled insults at the teacher" would work in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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