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...take a serious view of/against motorists...

 
 
Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 05:02 am
The traffic police take a serious view of/against motorists who commit traffic offences that endanger the safety of other road users.

Which preposition should I use? Thanks.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 05:24 am
You should use "of." One can have a view of something without necessarily being against it. Against means in opposition to, or in anticipation of and preparation for an event or an action. To take a view simply means to be aware of. Against is not wrong, it is simply awkward and ambiguous. The police might, may very well take action based on their awareness, but taking a view does not imply that. This is not a case of a distinction between American and British usage.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 05:51 am
Because it's a "a view" - use of.

Here's an example of when you might use "against."

The traffic police take serious action against motorists who commit traffic offences that endanger the safety of other road users.


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mark noble
 
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Reply Sat 14 May, 2016 09:01 am
@tanguatlay,
Sentence is corrupted.
'with'.
'view, with motorists'
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