Grammar Patterns

N to n

The 'setback' group

These nouns refer to or describe events or situations that have a negative or harmful effect. In the case of loss, which is used to indicate that the absence of someone or something has a negative effect, the Subject may refer to the person or thing or to their absence.
Mixed wards are an affront to patients' dignity.
The perception that he has lost his way is an incalculable blow to Republican morale.
The cost to the taxpayer could be up to £1bn.
We regret the delay to your journey.
He'll be a great loss to the club.
The massacre could be a serious setback to efforts to resume constitutional talks.
  • affront
  • blow
  • consequences
  • cost
  • damage
  • delay
  • disruption
  • disservice
  • injury
  • insult
  • interruption
  • loss
  • setback
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