Behavior of something caused by a known exterior cause/phenomenon


I would like to know the proper form to refer to the reaction of an object X to an exterior cause Y. Is it correct to say

X's behavior towards Y

Or maybe

X's behavior against Y

Is more appropriate ?


Posted 2016-03-02T08:31:44.710

Reputation: 588

1Effects are not usually said to behave towards or against their causes. When the apple falls, it is not behaving towards gravity. Please supply a complete sentence giving additional context. – Tᴚoɯɐuo – 2016-03-02T11:42:08.957



The standard phrasing for what you are looking for is

The effect of Y on X

that Y causes X to somehow change.

You could also use if appropriate

the reaction of X to Y
X is effected by Y
the changes in X caused by Y


Posted 2016-03-02T08:31:44.710

Reputation: 63 575