Recently I've been asked to edit a text and there I observed a phrase that could be simplified to: "Against young professionals trying to find a job in [certain profession], there are two obstructions ...". Alternatively, we discussed a version ending with "... are two obstructions" (without "there").
The "obstruction against [something]" part seemed weird to me, and to prove or disprove my gut feeling I did the following:
- Checked usages of the word "obstruction" in several major dictionaries (no usages with "against")
- Looked up "an obstruction against" and "an obstacle against" in Google (very few results, absolute majority of which from non-English websites)
Even though the above might seem like a sufficient proof of the wording being incorrect, I, being a non-native English speaker, decided to check it here, just to be extra sure.
Is "obstruction against something" grammatically correct? What about the whole phrasing I presented above? If not, how could the same meaning be conveyed in a grammatically correct fashion?