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    Problem with Preposition

    The children were entrusted with / to the care of their uncle.

    Usually we entrust someone with something or entrust something to someone. But the coexistence of care and uncle is creating confusion.
    I think with is appropriate here with care which is the headword of the phrase the care of their uncle.
    Am I right?

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    Re: Problem with Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by mfhaq77 View Post
    The children were entrusted with / to the care of their uncle.

    Usually we entrust someone with something or entrust something to someone. But the coexistence of care and uncle is creating confusion.
    I think with is appropriate here with care which is the headword of the phrase the care of their uncle.
    Am I right?
    It depends. If you use "with", you mean that the children will take care of their uncle. "entrust to" means the uncle will take care of the children.

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    Re: Problem with Preposition

    Thank you for your explanation.

    I have just had my answer from THE CORPUS OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ENGLISH (COCA). The extract is:

    Parents have entrusted their children to the care and protection of physical education teachers and coaches.

    I think the passive structure of this sentence is the answer to my question.

    Thank you once again.

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