In the face of/facing

Margaret Moore

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi everyone,
Are these sentences correct? I wonder whether it is idiomatic to use "in the face of" or "facing ..." before "where's your refuge"?
does the logical subject of the former part of the sentences agree with that in the later part of the sentences?
1. In the face of great disasters, where’s your refuge?
2. Facing the great disasters where’s your refuge?

Thanks.
 
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  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    The phrase "the great disasters" implies there is a specific list of "the great disasters", that the reader knows about. I don't know about any list like that, so I don't know what "the great disasters" are. I would omit "the/a" here, and just say:

    2. Facing great disasters, where's your refuge?

    With that change both sentences are correct.
     

    Margaret Moore

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    The phrase "the great disasters" implies there is a specific list of "the great disasters", that the reader knows about. I don't know about any list like that, so I don't know what "the great disasters" are. I would omit "the/a" here, and just say:

    2. Facing great disasters, where's your refuge?

    With that change both sentences are correct.
    Yes, should omit "the/a" before great disasters. It's not specific.
     
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