but can we use prefer a charge with? I have checked the dictationary, it says it means make an accusation.
The police prefer a charge with the motorist with careless driving.
Is it not appropriate or something?
And I am not sure can I use owing to in this sentence, is it more suitable to use with?
The police prefer a charge with the motorist owing to careless driving.
Trinibeens, Henry~ is using "prefer" in the sense of 'bring or lay a charge against someone' (meaning 5 in this definition).
Henry~, for some reason I can't explain, "prefer charges" is more common than "prefer a charge"; though even then it is still quite formal.
I like tepatria's suggestion: "The police charged the motorist with careless driving".
Thanks for the clarification Loob. The term "a charge" was what led to my confusion . I have never heard "prefer" (as in meaning 5) used with "a charge".
It's interesting that my dictionary (by no means the authority) lists "prefer charges" as idiomatic. Perhaps it's idiomatic in BE? I don't recall ever hearing the term in the U.S., but I do recall it from British TV.
Sorry, check again. I corrected the first link.
I am still inclined to believe 'proffer' is the older, original use of the term