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    #1

    Threaten him with

    Would you please take a look at my sentences and correct my mistakes?

    1.The football supporters were so angry at the referee that they threatened him with killing his family.

    Is it possible to use "to" instead of "with" like in the following sentence:
    2. The football supporters were so angry at the referee that they threatened him to kill his family.

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    Re: Threaten him with

    No. In the second it would be "threatened to kill his family".

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    Re: Threaten him with

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    they threatened him to kill his family.
    Could the construction 'threaten someone to do something' mean 'threaten someone in order to do something'?

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    #4

    Re: Threaten him with

    It could do, but not in the context of the sentence under consideration.

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    Re: Threaten him with

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    No. In the second it would be "threatened to kill his family".
    But I think the repaired (shorter) form sounds more natural

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