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    Smile protect themselves from/against

    In 2004 alone, more than 2 million online U.S. bank accounts were robbed by using look-alike websites or fake bank emails. Consumers now have to learn how to protect themselves from/against different kinds of thieves.



    Do both from and against work in the above sample? If ye, do they convey the same idea? Thanks.

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    Re: protect themselves from/against

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    In 2004 alone, more than 2 million online U.S. bank accounts were robbed by using look-alike websites or fake bank emails. Consumers now have to learn how to protect themselves from/against different kinds of thieves.



    Do both from and against work in the above sample? If ye, do they convey the same idea? Thanks.
    I would only use "from".

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    Re: protect themselves from/against

    Thanks, 2006.
    What about the folloing?

    To protect from/against scams, seniors are joining together to educate and warn each other of such crimes.

    Which would you use, from or against, and why?

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    Re: protect themselves from/against

    Again I would use "from", but I would say 'To protect themselves from scams........'.
    We protect ourselves from (the actions of) someone. But we can take counteractions against someone who is trying to cheat us or hurt us.

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    Re: protect themselves from/against

    Thanks, 2006.
    But the following is an excerpt from an English magazine, and it uses against.

    To protect against scams, seniors are joining together to educate and warn each other of such crimes.

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    Re: protect themselves from/against

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, 2006.
    But the following is an excerpt from an English magazine, and it uses against.

    To protect against scams, seniors are joining together to educate and warn each other of such crimes.
    I don't care where it's from. Seeing something in an English magazine doesn't prove it is right or wrong. To me, "protect against" doesn't make sense.
    Last edited by 2006; 06-Nov-2007 at 08:53. Reason: change the wording

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    Re: protect themselves from/against

    Thanks, 2006.
    I have confidence on you--your English is awesome.

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