Deterioration in/of

Prepositions can be tough. Are there any guidelines as to picking between 'in' and 'of' when using the word 'deterioration'? Are they often interchangeable?


  • I think it's safe to reckon that if you can say X deteriorated then you can say** the deterioration of X**.

    There's probably not a regular difference from the deterioration in X, but I think it may sometimes relate rather to X deteriorated in some way or some aspect of X deteriorated.

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