V n against n
Structure I: Verb with Object and prepositional Object
|Verb group||noun group||against||noun group|
|The championships||will match||the professionals||against||the amateurs.|
|We||have to weigh||the pluses||against||the minuses.|
|Verb group||against||noun group|
|Press freedom||has to be balanced||against||the right to privacy.|
Structure information: Verb with Object and prepositional Object
All the verbs with this structure are concerned with considering or dealing with two or more different things, people, or groups. We include here the verbs match, pit, and play off, which involve making two or more people or groups compete with or fight with each other.
The prospects of a better job in a higher housing cost area would have to be balanced against a significant fall in living standards.
The pupils' progress is measured against targets. Who sets those targets?
The expense of expanding wind generation must be offset against the environmental benefits. Who sets those targets?
Between 1688 and 1945 Britain participated in twelve wars in which she was pitted against one or more great powers.
Union leaders have been playing off one bid against another to try to secure the best possible deal.
Simplistic ideas about the value of democracy are tested against the reality that the islanders must face.
Our customers collect points with every purchase made online; these points can be redeemed against a range of high quality reward products.
Nobody ever said being a parent was easy. You have to weigh the responsibilities against the rewards.
Like all other potent therapies, the benefits have to be weighed up against the risks and it is useful to discuss this with your doctor.
Sometimes the noun group following the verb is plural and the noun group following the preposition is one another or each other. In the passive, it is the Subject that is plural.
assess balance check compare (usu passive) cross-check (usu passive) evaluate (usu passive) judge (usu passive) match measure offset pit (usu passive) redeem set (usu passive) set test validate (usu passive) weigh play off trade off weigh up
The select committee and the judicial inquiry are being played off against one another.