Grammar Patterns

N against n

N against n

The noun is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of against and a noun group. With some nouns, the preposition against is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. This pattern is N against -ing.
 Nounagainstnoun group/-ing clause
thebattleagainsta forest fire
acampaignagainstdrug traffickers
aninsuranceagainsthard times
aprecautionagainstfalling asleep
Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'attack' groupThe 'broadside' groupThe 'protection' groupThe 'charge' groupThe 'anger' groupThe 'argument' groupThe 'game' groupNouns with other meanings

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