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    by or of?

    I have written a sentence that my Canadian prof. has corrected it. I was wondering:

    The current values for the ligament properties were directly taken from a publication [by: this was mine] [of: that was his correction] Pintar et al.

    I would like to know why of is correct here. Any insight?

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    Re: by or of?

    Welcome!
    Quote Originally Posted by Alireza_4 View Post
    I have written a sentence that my Canadian prof. has corrected it. I was wondering:
    The current values for the ligament properties were directly taken from a publication [by: this was mine] [of: that was his correction] Pintar et al.

    I would like to know why of is correct here. I would use "by"; it sounds bettter to me.

    I would say '....were taken directly from....".

    thanks,
    Alireza
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    Re: by or of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alireza_4 View Post
    I have written a sentence that my Canadian prof. has corrected it. I was wondering:

    The current values for the ligament properties were directly taken from a publication [by: this was mine] [of: that was his correction] Pintar et al.

    I would like to know why of is correct here. Any insight?

    thanks,
    Alireza
    I'd suggest it is because Pintar et al. did not publish it. They only wrote it. It was probably published by the publisher of a technical journal.

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    Re: by or of?

    Thanks Raymott for the quick rely. Does that mean if I replace the publication
    by paper then I can use by:

    ...were directly taken from a paper [by] Pintar et al.
    how about this?

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    Re: by or of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alireza_4 View Post
    Thanks Raymott for the quick rely. Does that mean if I replace the publication
    by paper then I can use by:

    ...were directly taken from a paper [by] Pintar et al.
    how about this?
    Yes. I think that is the situation, from what you've described.
    Note that I don't necessarily agree with the professor about the usage; the original sounds OK to me. But I think this is the reason he has changed it.
    Last edited by Raymott; 12-Feb-2011 at 14:05.

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