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Hi,

Do have a run-in with the law and break the law mean the same thing? If so, do they mean the same in these sentences below? If not, what's the difference between them?

1.He had repeated run-ins with the law for theft.

2.He repeatedly broke the law against theft.

Thank you very much.

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@kuen posted:

Could you please explain what you meant by 'to encounter legal action against oneself?



I mean things like getting pulled over by the police, being fined, being put in jail, being executed, being put on a watch list, being investigated, etc., etc., etc.

@kuen posted:

Are the two sentences correct?

1.He had repeated run-ins with the law for theft.

2.He repeatedly broke the law against theft.

Sentence (1) works, but (2) is rather awkward. It would be more natural to say something like "He repeatedly broke the law by stealing."

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