blockade <of / on> Gaza

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Bigtime

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Arabic
from yahoo.com News section

Under the proposed document, which the newspaper said neither party would be required to sign, Israel would hold its fire, end attacks against top militants and promise to examine ways to ease its blockade of Gaza, controlled by Hamas Islamists who do not recognize the Jewish state's right to exist.


Can we replace the preposition "of" with "on"?
Is either of acceptable?



Thanks.
 
  • George French

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    English - UK
    I think "on" is even better than "of".

    GS
    I don't, it is a blockade of Gaza. Note that one can always replace, but should one?

    GF..

    Added.
    Both versions do seem to be common although another quick search give many more hits to of.. .
    So it is swords at dawn.... :D
     
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    lucas-sp

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    English - Californian
    I agree with GF: A blockade isn't "on" a country but "of" a country. "Of" is a much better option here.

    Embargoes, on the other hand, can be "on" countries.
     

    Giorgio Spizzi

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Strange. The LONGMAN Dictionary of English Language and Culture gives this sentence to illustrate the use (and collocations) of the headword blockade:

    They are threatening to impose a blockade on the country.

    GS
     

    lucas-sp

    Senior Member
    English - Californian
    Oh, I see:
    They are threatening to impose a blockade on the country.
    The "on" in your sentence goes with "impose," not with "blockade": they impose (punitive tariffs, blockades, reparation payments, diplomatic sanctions) on​ the country.
     
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