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Here's an example sentence:

"consumers may not trust producers for enforcing the property"

Should it really be "for" there on the middle? Or should it be some other word?

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  • Trust someone to do something.
    – user8568
    May 26, 2011 at 13:56
  • "consumers may not trust producers to enforcing the property"? Sounds weird with the enforcing afterwards, no?
    – aioobe
    May 26, 2011 at 14:00
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    actually, "consumers may not trust producers to enforce the property"?. but as I'm not sure, I didn't post it as an answer.
    – user8568
    May 26, 2011 at 14:06
  • This error may be influenced by this more common formation: "The web’s best brands trust us for their online video needs." Still, in that case it should be "for enforcement of the property," which is wordier than "to enforce the property."
    – senderle
    May 26, 2011 at 14:25
  • aa. right. interesting point.
    – aioobe
    May 26, 2011 at 14:26

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It should be "consumers may not trust producers to enforce the property."

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  • What does it mean to enforce a property? Although your sentence is grammatically well-formed, I'm not sure it actually means anything in English.
    – Marcin
    May 26, 2011 at 16:06
  • @MArcin - That should be directed at the OP. Enforcing a property can have specific meeting in some contexts. I can think of this meaning something in programming, as in enforcing the property of a class.
    – rest_day
    May 26, 2011 at 16:19
  • Perhaps, but even then that would be an unusual usage.
    – Marcin
    May 26, 2011 at 16:21

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