precaution against

jjshin

Senior Member
korean
he apparently took such precautions to avoid detenction by the authorities.​
he apparently took such precautions against detenction by the authorities.


I change the first sentence to second sentence.
I think it is the same meaing?
Am I right?
Because I look up my dictionary
precaution usage is " take precaution against~"
 
  • KenInPDX

    Senior Member
    US English
    In this example, I think the first one is better, and that is because you are using the word "such". This indicates that you are explaining why he took precautions.

    "Why did he take these precautions?"
    "To avoid detection by the authorities".

    You could not answer that question by saying
    "Against detection by the authorities.

    But, if the question were,

    "What did he do?"

    You could answer,

    "He apparently took precautions against detection by the authorities". You leave out the "such" in this case.
     
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