0

In the sentence below:

The photos may cause offence to some people.

The preposition 'to' is confusing. I think there are three possible meaning of 'to'.

  1. In the direction of sth
  2. To show the person or thing that receives sth
  3. Concerning sth/directed towards

Please let me know what is correct answer.

Source 'to' : enter link description here

1

The definitions overlap, but (2) the person that receives something, is the closest.

The people who receive a view of the pictures may be offended. The idiomatic way of expressing this is "X is offensive to Y" when Y is the person who receives the offensive thing X.

But "to", in this example is a functional word. It doesn't carry very much meaning, and the sentence is better understood as a whole. "Be careful about these photos, some people won't like seeing or thinking about them."

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.