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 '15 at 4:57
  • You usually use the preposition 'to' after the adjective showing a bad effect on somebody. – Khan Oct 23 '15 at 7:27
  • Just a small aside, have you copied it slightly wrong? Should it have been "postings"? – James Webster Oct 23 '15 at 7:37
  • @JamesWebster: Thank James, that was my typo mistake. It is "postings" , not "posting". – nautilusvn Oct 23 '15 at 10:39
  • I would like to add that I would use the secret hidden option e) towards – J_mie6 Oct 26 '15 at 11:28

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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