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I have a question regarding the usage of the noun "risk".

When I searched it on Google News, I found a lot of "risk for".
But I only found "risk of" in the Longman Online dictionary

Which one is the correct usage of "risk"?
Thank you for taking time reading my question.
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Hi,

It depends on the context.

eg If you use heroin, there is a risk of death.

eg Using heroin was a risk for Tom, but he decided to do it.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveHi,
It depends on the context.

eg If you use heroin, there is a risk of death.

eg Using heroin was a risk for Tom, but he decided to do it.

Best wishes, Clive

Dear Clive,
thank you for your response.

I searched the Google News again with "risk for death", a couple of results were returned.
Some of them are:
  • September 29, 2009 — Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using estrogen and progestin is associated with an increased risk for death from lung cancer ...
  • The risk for death to the uninsured has increased since 1993, said researchers, when studies found it was 25 percent greater for those without health ...
  • The risk for death from ischemic heart disease was four times higher in diabetic subjects with poor long-term blood sugar control compared to the control ...
  • The FDA issued an early communication Friday warning physicians that deferasirox might increase adverse events and risk for death in elderly patients with ...
  • Death as well as high risk for death is, in most studies, the inferred outcome. Direct interview, a strategy to find out from the patients or those close to ...
Should these sentences be corrected as "risk of death"?
Hi,

I would say 'of', and that's what my dictionary suggests, but I wouldn't say 'for' is wrong.

Clive

Risk for is much more common in scientific writing.

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