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as regards

Post by navi » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:02 am

Are these sentences correct:

1) The court applied the law as regards John's misdemeanor.

2) The court applied the law regarding John's misdemeanor.
3) The court applied the law concerning John's misdemeanor.
4) The court applied the law with regard to John's misdemeanor.
5) The court applied the law about John's misdemeanor.


Meaning:
In the case of John's misdemeanor, the court applied the law.

The law is not about John's misdemeanor. It is simply applied in the case of John's misdemeanor.

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Re: as regards

Post by Phil White » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:10 pm

Sentence 5 is simply incorrect however you try to read it.

Sentence 3 can only refer to the particular law that covers John's misdemeanor.

The remainder are all ambiguous, probably slightly favouring the interpretation "the law covering John's misdemeanor".

Simply reversing the order of the sentences clears up the ambiguity:
"With regard to John's misdemeanor, the court applied the law."
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