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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

Which is correct: What is happening to/in this country?

Your response when you see a government passed a bill that is unconstitutional in the first place

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  • blank
    Lv 5
    1 month ago
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    In that context I would use the word "in".   "What is happening in this country?"

    Since the country's goverment is involved, this is an INternal issue.

    IF however outside forces were acting upon the country, the "What is happening to the country?" would seem appropriate.

    Finally - suspect you will find most will not make a meaningful distinction though:  everyday speech will interchage to/in freely.

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It could be either to or in and, depending upon context, both could be correct. In the explanatory section, the remark appears incomplete because it mentions "response", but gives no indication of what aspect of the response or reaction is the basis for the remark. For example, whether it was positive or negative or if there were something else such as it indicating a breakdown of the legislative function.

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  • 1 month ago

    Both are correct, with different meanings. I disagree that "to" has to mean an external force. People often say "What's happening to this country?" or "What's happening to this city?" when they are complaining about changes they see as negative. That's actually stronger than "what's happening in this country?" which could be interpreted as just a request for news.

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