If I have some complaints about someone, should I use “dissatisfaction towards/with/to”?
I have looked at the usage here, and I see so many versions and am wondering if there’s any difference?
"Dissatisfaction with" implies specific responsibility - i.e. I am unhappy with the response by THAT person. "Dissatisfaction towards" implies lessened responsibility - i.e. I am unhappy with the outcome which may have resulted from that person's involvement (or maybe from another factor). "Dissatisfaction to" means that the recipient was dissatisfied - i.e. "My failure to pay resulted in dissatisfaction to my landlord."
One can answer your question easily, if they unlock the meaning and usage of to, towards and with.
While, all (with, to and towards) prepositions are acceptable here.
Let's consider the preposition "with."
The preposition "with" has 10 senses in English Oxford Living Dictionaries, from which, the sense No. 4 is:
4. in opposition to.
Thus when I say:
- John has dissatisfaction with his brothers.
I meant it that John had dissatisfaction in opposition to his brothers.
Dissatisfaction "to" or "towards"?
When I say
"John has dissatisfaction to ...,"
that means that John has dissatisfaction, purposefully (=with a full, strong purpose).
And when I say
"John has dissatisfaction towards ...,"
that means that John has dissatisfaction purposely (=with a purpose being neither full nor strong).
Hence, in such contexts, "to" is stronger than "towards."