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    hunt/hunt for

    Dear frinds,

    Alexander II was [ hunted/hunted for ] by terrorists for a long time before he was assasinated on March 1st, 1881.

    Do we need the preposition "for" here after "hunted"?

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    Re: hunt/hunt for

    Only 'hunted by' works.

    If Alexander II hunted for terrorists, he would be the one trying to locate and kill the terrorists.
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    Re: hunt/hunt for

    Hunted probably isn't the verb you're looking for here. It suggests that he was hard to find. Followed might be more appropriate.
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    Re: hunt/hunt for

    There were several attempts at his life, and he was known to walk about unescorted in public. He also lived in several different residences. His assassination was actually about the 6th attempt, so I feel like 'hunted' works fine. They had to work to finally get him.

    Considering the era, at a time when even the most public of figures weren't widely recognized simply because there wasn't widespread media coverage of their every single move, it probably would require a lot more effort to track him down.

    In today's age, if I wanted to assassinate a world leader, I wouldn't have to worry much about the when and where, just the how. Back in that time, the when and where would have probably been as big of obstacles as the how.
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    Re: hunt/hunt for

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Hunted probably isn't the verb you're looking for here. It suggests that he was hard to find. Followed might be more appropriate.
    Yes, he was hard to find because he wan an emperor and very few knew about his routes in the city. That information was available only to his innermost circle. The terrorits made several attempts on his life, but every time they didn't know his exact route, though. Unfortunately, Alexander II was fatally wounded after the 7th attempt.

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    Re: hunt/hunt for

    Okay then either hunted or hunted for by terrorists is possible. The first is shorter and clearer.

    The active voice would tell the story in a more engaging way: The terrorists pursued the emperor for seven months, but failed to kill him in six separate attacks.
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