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Is one of these sentences wrong, or are they all correct, and why? Which is easiest to parse?

The man signaled with a tilt of his head in the opposite direction of the club.

The man signaled with a tilt of his head in the direction opposite of the club.

The man signaled with a tilt of his head in the direction opposite the club.

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The first two read wrong, because they imply that the club has a direction. But clubs are just places, they don't have a direction. However, you can have a direction to the club.

So replacing "of" with "to" in the first two examples would make more sense. "opposite the club" is a common contraction of "opposite to the club", so the third makes sense.

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"Opposite to" seems like an oxymoron, in my opinion. I agree with everything Simon B said, except I would say "opposite from" the club. I don't know if it really makes a difference, though.

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