Fri 9 Oct, 2015 11:07 am
When I was still a student, we did an exercise:
-His talking about this thing showed his ambivalence __ the three identities: Japanese, Korean, and American.
The model answer says 'towards', but I wrote 'about' and got a zero mark; now that I think of it, 'towards' sounds wrong to me, but my answer, 'about', sounds OK. Do you think 'about' is correct?
'Ambivalence' is very widely used with 'about'. It is also used with 'toward' (US) or 'towards' (British).
"Ambivalence about" 414,000 results
"Ambivalence toward" 191,000 results
"Ambivalence towards" 170,000 results
The state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone: the law’s ambivalence about the importance of a victim’s identity government ambivalence towards the arts
Excellent answer. Thank you.