General Writing and Grammar Help/expression


QUESTION: Look at this sentence please:

"Jack fell victim of insulting behavior."

Should we replace "of" with another preposition or does it sound right as it is?

ANSWER: It is incorrect.

The proper is to use "to" ...........

"Jack fell victim to insulting behavior."

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QUESTION: Thank you.

I'm just asking because I've seen "of" in a number of online texts. e.g.

Using "victim" :

Using preposition "of" to" and "for" :

The title of "Young renters most likely to fall victim of ID fraud, as behaviour and shared hallways give scammers more chance to steal details" is not the same as "Jack falling victim....." to a noun "behavior."

The "young renters" fell victim to a verb " ID fraud" that was done to them by someone else. Jack did not fall victim to any verb or had any action done to him. so, nothing was done to him...means he fell victim to a noun: "behavior" which is a noun.

The title of "25 girls fall victim of mass hysteria" is showing a connection, part, or amount. The preposition "to"  in "Jack fell victim to insulting behavior" is movement or action to something: i.e. behavior.

"Of" Used for belonging to, relating to, or connected with.

"To" Used to indicate the place, person, or thing (noun) that someone or something moves toward, or the direction of something.  

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