While learning some new words recently, I've come across the word "consequence" which has caused me some trouble. I understand the meaning of the word but linking it with other words is a bit problematic.

  1. I`m not sure if it could be followed by "of"

Negative consequences of fast-developing tourism...

  1. I don`t know if it should be followed by "for" or "to"

Negative consequences of fast-developing toursim for/to the enviroment and local societies

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  1. Yes. Negative consequences of tourism are things that happen as a result of tourism, they are caused by tourism: overpriced restaurants, crowded beaches, pollution...
  2. for : "negative consequences for..." would indicate who is harmed or inconvenienced by the tourism: the locals, the environment

I can't think of any time I would use "consequences to"

  • Thank you for your answer Sarah. Do you think it's gramatically and/or stylistically correct to use "Consequences" with both "OF" and "FOR" in one sentence? Like in the example I gave: "Negative consequences of fast-developing toursim for the enviroment and local societies" ? It sounds a little off to my ear but I can`t tell why
    – IGO
    Aug 22, 2016 at 21:24
  • It is fine to use both. There are some examples on Linguee that use both linguee.com/english-german/…
    – Sarah
    Aug 23, 2016 at 23:20
  • I think you can also say consequences on the environment.
    – Barmar
    Aug 24, 2016 at 21:50
  • @Barmar consequences on the environment sounds very weird to this native speaker. To make it work it needs a specific context like a particular verb taking the position on, such as the teacher imposed several negative consequences on the students. But that's still rather odd.
    – phoog
    Oct 22, 2016 at 4:01
  • In "Negative consequences of fast-developing toursim for the enviroment and local societies", it's consequences of and tourism for. So, consequences is not being used with for.
    – TrevorD
    Mar 26, 2019 at 15:03

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