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“He thought about risking a sandwich”
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Hasibul Alam“He thought about risking a sandwich”

1. He thought about risking a sandwich.
2. He thought about risking making a sandwich.
3. He thought about risk of making a sandwich.
4. He thought about the risk of making a sandwich.

Without the full context, we don't know that (1) refers to making a sandwich (as opposed to doing something else related to a sandwich, such as stealing and eating one). (2) makes it explicit. (3) is ungrammatical. (4) is the corrected version of (3).

Compared to (4), sentences (1) and (2) have a stronger sense that he was considering whether to take the risk. (1) is also a neater and snappier sentence, suiting the writing style of this novel.

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Can you sir lease explain why (3) is ungrammatical?
Hasibul AlamCan you sir lease explain why (3) is ungrammatical?

"the risk" is required here primarily because we are talking about a specific risk, i.e. the risk of making a sandwich. It is possible for "risk" to have no article (or other determiner), but usually only when we are talking non-specifically, e.g. "We all have to live with risk". Unfortunately, it is not always quite this simple, because it is also possible sometimes for "risk of X" to have no article, but this depends in a subtle way on the rest of the context, and it does not work in your sentence.