I have been trying to better understand the usage of prepositions lately. Today I want to explain a relative complex idea to a native speaker. I want to sound natural but I am not sure how to connect three nouns correctly with prepositions.

I have three nouns here, the role, the client, and the service. All I am trying to say is that "the role of a client for a service" is defined as the "partnerlink", but I am not sure if I should say "for a service" or "for the service" or "to a service" or even "of a service".

I believe I should use role of a client where role is a property of the client. The role is something belongs to the client. But I am not sure which preposition to use between the client and the service. To or of or for?

  • Is this some obscure technical / computing context? In general, the customer is the one who adopts "the role of client" (or just is the client) for some "service" (which in most cases he pays for).. Nov 4, 2022 at 16:59
  • It isn't even clear what "The role of a client for a service" means. Nov 4, 2022 at 17:43
  • of and for are the most common prepositions for this context. But too, with and *on (and probably some other alternatives) wouldn't be ridiculous. Or just sidestep the issue and refer to the role of service client. Nov 4, 2022 at 17:58
  • @FumbleFingers. Yes... It is some O*racle technology, where you have a client calls a service, and both of them are software components. The client has an attribute called the "client role" or the "partner role". More than likely, that client will be the only client calls the service but over and over and over again. Nov 4, 2022 at 18:14
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    Your context isn't much to do with "normal English". I've recently been learning the QT software development system, and I must admit it took me a little while to get used to the sometimes peculiar ways they use the word "role". And "client" in computing client/server contexts is almost completely meaningless to people who aren't familiar with the jargon, despite the fact that almost all native Anglophones would recognize the meanings of those words in other contexts without a second thought. Nov 4, 2022 at 18:22


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