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    Default People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

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    set - Definition from the LEISURE topic - DAILY LIFE
    People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    Definition of set, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free British English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    She has very set ideas about how to raise children.

    Can I say "on" in place of about?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    set - Definition from the LEISURE topic - DAILY LIFE
    People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    Definition of set, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free British English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    She has very set ideas about how to raise children.

    Can I say "on" in place of about?

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    Yes you can.

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    Default Re: People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    What about "of"?

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    Default Re: People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    What about "of"?
    Yes. You could also use 'regarding' or 'concerning'.

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    Default Re: People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    She has very set ideas about how to raise children.

    Are there any adjectives that you may use in place of set?



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    Default Re: People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    She has very set ideas about how to raise children.

    Are there any adjectives that you may use in place of set?
    "Set" in this case means "fixed in place," like jello when it "sets."

    So you can say "fixed" ideas about how to raise children.

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    Default Re: People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    set - Definition from the LEISURE topic - DAILY LIFE
    People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    Definition of set, Macmillan Online Dictionary: Free British English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    She has very set ideas about how to raise children.

    Can I say "on" in place of about?

    Thank you.
    Yes, you can. In these examples, "on" and "about" are easily interchangeable. However, in other situations, one or the other may be preferred. The preposition "on" indicates touching, as in touching a surface. This is the prototypical use of "on". Using "on" therefore indicates more seriousness or intimacy with the subject matter. The preposition "about" indicates in the area, but not touching, so the same degree of seriousness is not necessarily suggested.

    She's reading a book on the history of space flight.
    She's reading a book about Madonna.

    So Madonna can't really be taken seriously - as seriously as space flight that is.



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    Default Re: People had very set ideas about how to bring up children.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    What about "of"?
    Using "of" is okay in those sentences, and it's correct, but "about" and "on" are better.

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