I'm preparing for a TOEIC test, and today I faced with a reading question below:

John's Online Board will not accept any posting that are discriminatory or misleading ...... its members.

A. by

B. to

C. upon

D. with

The answer is (B). Why can't we choose 'with' (D) for this case?

  • i think, act of "discrimination" is against someone, not together. why did you think, it should be 'with'?
    – hkulekci
    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:57
  • You usually use the preposition 'to' after the adjective showing a bad effect on somebody.
    – Khan
    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:27
  • Just a small aside, have you copied it slightly wrong? Should it have been "postings"? Oct 23, 2015 at 7:37
  • @JamesWebster: Thank James, that was my typo mistake. It is "postings" , not "posting".
    – nautilusvn
    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:39
  • I would like to add that I would use the secret hidden option e) towards
    – J_mie6
    Oct 26, 2015 at 11:28

1 Answer 1


It's (B) and not (D) because discrimination or being misled are things that happen to people, as opposed to things that happen with people.

This is because they are actions committed by somebody else, the subject, having an effect on the object (John's Online Board members, in this case).

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