Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Should we say, A hassles with B or A hassles to B?

What is the right expression?

share|improve this question
2  
Make some effort of your own and show it proudly here, so the others will be motivated to help. :) Also, Never post a question with capitalization, spacing and other errors. –  Kris Jun 25 '13 at 7:30
    
Are you sure you mean hassling and not haggling ("Dispute or bargain persistently, esp. over the cost of something.")? –  Kris Jun 25 '13 at 14:20
    
Assuming you truly meant "hassles" and not "haggles", "hassles" does not get a preposition - it stands alone: "A hassled B". Think of it like the words "shoved" or "provoked" . . .A shoved B because B provoked A. –  Kristina Lopez Jun 26 '13 at 18:01

3 Answers 3

up vote 3 down vote accepted

Neither. Hassle can be a transitive verb, so you can just say A hassles B.

share|improve this answer

A hassles with B is grammatical:

hassle v.intr. To argue or fight: customers hassling with merchants over high prices. (AHD)

(though this example arguably uses 'hassling' adjectivally;

in 'the customers were hassling with merchants over high prices', hassling is indisputably verbal.)

But I'd guess the transitive usage is more common (but it does have a different shade of meaning).

share|improve this answer
    
-1 "customers hassling with merchants over high prices" seems to be the only instance of the phrase "customers hassling with" in the entire Google Search. This is apparently a mistaken use of hassling for haggling. See: books.google.com/ngrams/… –  Kris Jun 25 '13 at 14:19
    
You'd better give the -1 to the AHD then. I was assuming they'd done their usual research before endorsing the usage. Oh, and Collins agree. Perhaps your research is more reliable? –  Edwin Ashworth Jun 25 '13 at 16:14
    
Collins does label it as informal. Still, even though it may sound a bit unnatural to those who haven't heard it before, there it is. Maybe customers hassling with is rare because most businessfolks follow the adage that the customer is always right. ;^) Nice piece of research. P.S. "Lucas was tired of hassling with someone he both loved and hated." (from a 1999 biography of George Lucas) –  J.R. Jun 26 '13 at 1:54

Neither. A hassles B or A is hassling B.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.