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    preposition

    Hi,

    could you please explain the difference in meaning:

    1) make a protest with
    2) make a protest against
    3) make a protest on

    I think that 1) means that you file the protest with an authority, 2) means that you file a protest against something you donīt like, but whatīs the meaning of 3)? I have a sentence which says that "the distributor will make a protest on London authorities". Does it mean that he does not like their methods and the like or that he will file a protest with those authorities?

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka

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    Re: preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hi,

    could you please explain the difference in meaning:

    1) make a protest with
    2) make a protest against
    3) make a protest on

    I think that 1) means that you file the protest with an authority, 2) means that you file a protest against something you donīt like, but whatīs the meaning of 3)? I have a sentence which says that "the distributor will make a protest on London authorities". Does it mean that he does not like their methods and the like or that he will file a protest with those authorities?

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka
    For 1 I'd expect the verb 'lodge', 'register', or 'file'.

    I agree with you about 2.

    I don't think I've ever met 3 (except in trivial cases such as 'on Tuesday', 'on lined paper', or 'on grounds of mental impairment'!) In the case you quote, I think they're using 'on' as a synonym for 'about'.

    b

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