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Eating garlic has long been considered as a means for warding off malaise.

Eating garlic has long been considered as a means of warding off malaise

Which example is preferred and why? Many thanks.

  • Preferred by whom? In general, neither is preferred. Take your pick. – Drew Oct 10 '14 at 2:26
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as a means = as a method of doing or achieving something. Any ot the three forms would be acceptable:

Eating garlic has long been considered a means to ward off malaise.

Eating garlic has long been considered an effective means for warding off malaise.

Eating garlic has long been considered a means of warding off malaise.

More examples:

It's an effective means for finding qualified job applicants.

These pledges are a means to avoid prosecution.

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