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    Which sentence sounds better?

    1. Seeking legal recourse would only be an act of last resort.

    2. Seeking legal recourse would only be an action of last resort.

    3. Seeking legal recourse would only be an act/action used as a last resort.

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    Re: Which sentence sounds better?

    The one that sounds better to me is 3, because 'last resort' usually takes an indefinite article. The only exception I can think of is the phrase 'lender of last resort' (and I've only heard that in to places - first, in an Economics lesson in the late '60s, and more recently during the Northern Rock crisis nearly a year ago - BBC NEWS | Business | Timeline: Northern Rock bank crisis - when much was made of The Bank of England's role as 'lender of last resort'.

    But I wouldn't call 1 or 2 wrong. And this BNC search shows that 'lender' is by no means the only possible noun in this collocation - although it's by far the most common:

    1 LENDER 29 404 7.18 9.20
    2 BANK 5 17596 0.03 3.67
    3 ROLE 5 17993 0.03 3.64
    4 COURT 5 28470 0.02 3.18

    - which shows that my personal preference isn't everyone's (which some of you will probably have guessed by now. )

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    Re: Which sentence sounds better?

    I prefer the "act of last resort" - The ACTION might be looking up "attorney" in the phone book, or even dialing the phone. The ACT is the entire process of engaging counsel.

    The third one is just overly wordy.

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    Re: Which sentence sounds better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I prefer the "act of last resort" - The ACTION might be looking up "attorney" in the phone book, or even dialing the phone. The ACT is the entire process of engaging counsel.

    The third one is just overly wordy.
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    Re: Which sentence sounds better?

    Ye Gods! I hope you realized we posted at the same time and I wasn't trying to contradict you!

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    Re: Which sentence sounds better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Ye Gods! I hope you realized we posted at the same time and I wasn't trying to contradict you!
    Of course not Barb

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