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Hello,

If somone is doing something that is almost illegal but not quite, would it be correct to say any of the following about him:

He is operating on the edge of the law / at the edge of the law / on the edge of law / at the edge of law ?

Looking forward to your help.
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Hi,

If somone is doing something that is almost illegal but not quite, would it be correct to say any of the following about him:

He is operating on the edge of the law / at the edge of the law / on the edge of law / at the edge of law ?


The first two sound OK to me. You need the article. You might also say it in other ways, eg 'on the fringe of the law'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks a lot, Clive. I think I was misled into believing that no article was needed by such phrases as "the rule of law" or "law and order", where "law" appears bare. There must be some difference here that I fail to see.

Best wishes.
Hi,

Articles can be tricky, both to learn and to teach.

The phrases you mention are really standard, set kind of phrases, idioms basically.

Best wishes, Clive