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Post by navi » Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:32 am

-Why was his whereabouts a secret?

1) It was a secret to protect him from the mob.
2) It was a secret so that he'd be protected from the mob.
3) It was a secret for him to be protected from the mob.

Are 1-3 grammatical and meaningful in this context?
Are they idiomatic?

Gratefully,
Navi
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:36 pm

"Whereabouts" is generally regarded (logically or not) as a plural noun, so your introductory question should correctly be "Why were his whereabouts a secret?"

1) and 2) are OK, but it would be more idiomatic to say "They were kept secret to protect him from the mob".

3) is unnecessarily convoluted, so it is probably not something that a native speaker of English would utter.
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