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Shouldn't it be "for" instead of "to"? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 9:55:24 AM
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The opposition has struggled to make gains since dealing Mr Najib his biggest-ever blow in 2013, when it won the popular vote and caused the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition to take home its lowest number of parliamentary seats. A December survey by Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research showed that Mr Najib's coalition may regain its two-thirds majority in parliament, the Malaysian Insight reported.

"Mahathir will be a tough opponent to Najib," said Ibrahim Suffian, programme director at Merdeka Centre.

Shouldn't it be "for" instead of "to"?

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towan52
Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 10:25:36 AM

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Yes it should - understandable, though.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 10:26:04 AM

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Hello Koh Elaine.

I think that 'for', 'to', and 'of' would all work, really.

They each have a slightly different 'colour', but mean the same.

My
concept of what each means is this:
"He was a tough opponent of Najib" is rather neutral - it just names the fact that they were on different sides and he was tough.
"He was a tough opponent for Najib" is rather from Najib's viewpoint. Najib felt it was tough to have him as an opponent.
"He was a tough opponent to Najib" seems more 'his' viewpoint. He works at opposing Najib in a tough manner.

However - until you asked, I would not have thought of these very minor distinctions.

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NKM
Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 4:30:38 PM

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I think "for" is the best choice, but I might suggest that "against" would work as well in the context as presented.

As DragO says, the choice of preposition can provide a nuance (or perhaps even a broad hint!) as to the speaker's viewpoint, attitude and opinion.

Koh Elaine
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Thanks, NKM.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 7:00:16 AM
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Thanks, towan and DragOnspeaker.
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