Dear experts,

Many thanks for the very competent past comments.

Would you say that as a noun and a verb CURE can take the preposition FROM (SOMETHING) as well as FOR (SOMETHING) though the meaning will be different in each case?

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As a noun, there is a cure for something, as you note, in sentences like these:

"¢ Punishment can never be an effective cure for acute social problems.

"¢ The magic cure for inflation does not exist.

"¢ The master web site concerning the cure for common colds using zinc lozenges. -

"¢ ... The remedies do effect a cure for ringing in the ears- the total elimination of the ringing ear noises in most cases or at worst, a substantial reduction of ...

As a verb, "cure" is used with of -- often with the past participle -- to express the separation (of someone or something) from a problem:

"¢ Now doctors believe they have cured him of the disease.

"¢ The experience was a detestable ordeal and it cured him ofany ambitions to direct again.

"¢ Toastmasters cure fear of public speaking through public speaking. Darren J. Clarke, News Office April 10, 2002. Whether they freeze ...

"¢ DH Lawrence: I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth's follies - thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us. ...

As a verb, "cure" is not followed by any preposition when there is no mention of the malignant cause the object will be separated from:

"¢ An operation finally cured his shin injury.
"¢ We need to cure our environmental problems.

Example sentences are from the Collins COBUILD English Dictionary (HarperCollins, 1995), except for those with URLs, which are from Google.

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