As I was writing a sentence, it struck me that I am not all that quite sure about the noun 'threat', and how a sentence using the words 'threat' and 'cause' can be constructed. For instance:

"Considering the threat that the A is causing on/to/for the B..."

Firstly, what would be the right preposition to use in that context? Secondly, how would you reconstruct the sentence above using the words 'threat' and 'cause' in the same context?

  • Something is a threat to something else. You don't need to say 'causing a threat'. Nov 14, 2018 at 12:45

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Threats are typically "posed". A threat is the potential for some outcome, not an outcome itself. Also, it's a noun so you wouldn't say that a threat is "caused":

"Considering the threat that A poses to the B..."

...or if the threat isn't very specific you could say:

"Considering the threat that A represents to B..."

Either way, there is a threat to B. A either poses the threat, or the existence of A represents a threat.

  • This was very insightful.
    – Liber
    Nov 15, 2018 at 6:56

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