Grammar Patterns

N against n

The 'charge' group

These nouns refer to formal or legal actions, statements, or decisions.
Last week the state dropped the charges against four of the accused.
The case involves a claim against the defendants over an agreement said to have been made in 1982.
The Italian authorities have lifted deportation orders against nearly two hundred and fifty English football fans.
He was ordered to appear in the High Court after Customs and Excise officials filed a petition against him.
In the case of edict, law, and rule, the preposition against is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
But somebody shopped them and they were fired under British Rail's strict rule against drinking on duty.
In the case of law, the preposition against is sometimes followed by a noun group and an '-ing' clause. This pattern is N against n -ing.
Prison authorities say there is no law against a prisoner conducting business affairs while doing time.
  • accusation
  • action
  • ban
  • boycott
  • charge
  • claim
  • complaint
  • decision
  • edict
  • embargo
  • indictment
  • injunction
  • judgement
  • law
  • lawsuit
  • legislation
  • order
  • petition
  • rule
  • ruling
  • sanction
  • verdict
  • writ
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