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    usage of drugs

    Are they both correct? Which one sounds better?

    1 Prohibition of (illegalized) drugs often leads to more severe problems than the usage of those drugs itself.

    2 Making drugs illegal often results in (causing) problems that surpass the usage of those drugs itself.

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    #2

    Re: usage of drugs

    Neither of them are exactly correct. Both contain an antecedent agreement error with that reflexive pronoun at the end. It should be 'themselves', since the word 'drugs' is plural.

    "illegalized' is not a commonly used word. I wasn't even sure it was a word. Even though I did find it in a dictionary, it's giving my spell-checker fits. I would stick with 'illegal'.

    However, prohibition of something illegal sounds redundant, since prohibition means making it illegal. I'd remove 'illegal' in the first sentence. Otherwise you're making something illegal illegal - kind of a statutory double negative.

    With those changes in mind, I don't know that I'd have a preference between the pair.
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    Re: usage of drugs

    OK, thank you.
    I thought "itself" refers to "the usage", that's why I didn't write "themselves".
    Would you use "causing" in #2 or better not?
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 25-Jan-2017 at 09:40.

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    #4

    Re: usage of drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    I thought "itself" refers to "the usage"
    That's how I read your sentences.

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    #5

    Re: usage of drugs

    In the first, are you implying that the prohibition successfully prevents usage? The problem for me is that there is usage whether they're legal or not, so the usage in the second part should reflect its legal status- prohibition can cause more severe problems than allowing drug usage.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jan-2017 at 21:48. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #6

    Re: usage of drugs

    I'd say 'use' rather than 'usage'.

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    #7

    Re: usage of drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In the first, are you implying that the prohibition successfully prevents usage? The problem for me is that there is usage whether they're legal or not, so the usage in the second part should reflect its legal status- prohibition can cause more severe problems than allowing drug usage.
    No, I didn't want to imply that and agree with your opinion.

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