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    A difference in meaning?


    I am writing an essay and I am wondering if there is any difference between to fight something and to fight against something.

    Should I say he fought poverty/segregation? or fought against poverty/segregation?

    Or it does not matter?

    thank you in advance for your reply.


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    Re: A difference in meaning?

    If it is an abstract idea that he is fighting, I would probably use "fought against". If you want to conjure up the image of the two adversaries actually duking it out, use "fought"; it has a more intimate feel and may lend a sense of personification to the thing you're fighting. Against seems to put something at arms length. That's my strictly intuitive analysis. There is probably not terribly much difference, and both could be used.

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