Reading an essay I found the following sentence:

On the other hand, there are definitely disadvantages to being at home while your parents are away.

Does to work as a combination with disadvantage?

  • Do you want to know if "disadvantages to being" is correct? If so, yes it is. It also works with other verbs, for example: There are disadvantages to running away.
    – DyingIsFun
    Jul 26, 2016 at 21:15
  • @Silenus I know it's correct. It's an essay taken from my book. But I'm wondering if desadvantage to is always a combination. (So in that case to is a preposition.)
    – Schwale
    Jul 26, 2016 at 21:17
  • No, you can also say: "There are disadvantages being a minority" [no preposition]; "There are disadvantages for minorities"; "There are disadvantages that come with being a minority," etc.
    – DyingIsFun
    Jul 26, 2016 at 21:18

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Depending on use and context, the preposition "of" sometimes fits better: "There are disadvantages to being born poor" v. "The disadvantages of being born poor are..."

When you use "to" a person is implied. "There are disadvantages to [a person]...". However, if you choose to make explicit reference to the person, then the prepositions needed are "to" and "in": "The disadvantages to the aboriginals in having inadequate weapons...."

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