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The politicians expressed their support to the strike / to the trade unions

The English professor I know told me that we exprees our support for something but not express support to the strike or to the trade unions.

I think :

The politicians extended their support to the strike or to the trade unions is correct.

We find the expression The political parties expressed their support to the strike or to the trade unions in some English news papers in India.

I would like to know whether both the expressions express support to/ extend support to the strike are correct or only extend support to the strike is correct?

  • Check your question for minor spelling mistakes. It's express not exprees, and professor not profeesor. You may be accidentally doubling the wrong letter :) – Andrew Nov 4 '19 at 16:25
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You express support for a cause. You can express that support to a particular person or group.

Alice expressed to Bob her support for the new policy.

  • Alice expressed her support for the new policy. (To whom Alice expressed her support is not stated.)
  • Alice expressed her support to Bob. (What Alice supports is not stated.)

Alice supports the new policy, and communicated that fact to Bob.


To "extend" support has a more narrow usage: it is only appropriate when the subject is taking specific action to directly aid a specific person or group of people. If you "extend your support to the local food kitchen" it means you give them a donation or put in some volunteer hours. If your support is simply ideological, you are not "extending" support.

That said, Indian dialects of English are well-known for using words in ways that speakers of older varieties of English (e.g., American and British English) would find odd, awkward or even incorrect. Such could conceivably be the case here.

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