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In vs to

Post by Jignesh » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:55 am

It came as the EU said it would back a short delay to Brexit- if MPs finally vote in favour of Theresa May's deal next week.
I read the above in The Metro newspaper.

Please explain the use of the preposition "to" in "delay to Brexit".

Would the preposition "in" be equally correct "delay in Brexit"?

I am really confused as there are multiple definitions in the dictionaries for both these prepositions. I have checked the Coca corpus and it states "in" is the most common preposition followed by "delay".

"To" is used generally when or where some direction is involved

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Re: In vs to

Post by Firefox » Sat May 04, 2019 1:05 am

Both are possible in this context.
Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die—Tennyson

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