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    hello everyone!

    i wanted to know whats the correct preposition to be used with "book". as in, which of the following sentences are correct. why or why not.

    1. I am reading a book by Charles Dickens. (why not "of charles dickens"?)
    2. I am a reading a book on cooking.
    3. I own a book of chemistry. (why not "on chemistry'?)

    Can "about" be used as a preposition proceeding "book".


    I would really appreciate a proper explanation, for I need to explain it to someone.

    thanks!

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    Default Re: prepositions used with the common noun "book"

    Quote Originally Posted by aniqashah View Post
    hHello everyone!

    i I wanted to know what's the correct preposition to be used with "book"., as in, which of the following sentences are correct? why or why not?

    1. I am reading a book by Charles Dickens. (why not "of cCharles dDickens"?)
    2. I am a reading a book on cooking.
    3. I own a book of chemistry. (why not "on chemistry'?)
    1. The book was written by Dickens. 'A book of Charles Dickens' would belong to him.
    2. Fine
    3. It should be 'on'.

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    Default Re: prepositions used with the common noun "book"

    Quote Originally Posted by aniqashah View Post
    hello everyone!

    i wanted to know whats the correct preposition to be used with "book". as in, which of the following sentences are correct. why or why not.

    1. I am reading a book by Charles Dickens. (why not "of charles dickens"?)
    2. I am a reading a book on cooking.
    3. I own a book of chemistry. (why not "on chemistry'?)

    Can "about" be used as a preposition proceeding "book".


    I would really appreciate a proper explanation, for I need to explain it to someone.

    thanks!
    See fivejedjon's responses. Also, "about" could be used for 2. & 3. But if you used "about" in #1, it would describe the person/life of Charles Dickens, but not his works/novels.

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    Default Re: prepositions used with the common noun "book"

    Quote Originally Posted by aniqashah View Post
    hello everyone!

    i wanted to know whats the correct preposition to be used with "book". as in, which of the following sentences are correct. why or why not.

    1. I am reading a book by Charles Dickens. (why not "of charles dickens"?)
    2. I am a reading a book on cooking.
    3. I own a book of chemistry. (why not "on chemistry'?)

    Can "about" be used as a preposition proceeding "book".
    By proceeding, if you meaning following, then your question is wrong. There are no right prepositions following a word.

    I would really appreciate a proper explanation, for I need to explain it to someone.

    thanks!
    I think you're confused. Prepositions come before the word or phrase. (Hence 'pre-position'). None of those are the right preposition for "book". They are the right preposition for "Charles Dickens", "cooking" and "chemistry" respectively.
    Here are some prepositions with "book":
    "I sat on a book; I read it in a book; I browsed through a book; I asked him about a book."

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    Default Re: prepositions used with the common noun "book"

    thankyou all!

    and yes i was mistaken in framing my question :)

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    ...and yes I was mistaken in framing my question :)
    Don't let it put you off. We all make missteaks,

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    Default Re: prepositions used with the common noun "book"

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    Aniqashah, following is the way I explained it to myself when I was studying English at school. The reason we use by is that the book was written by Charles Dickens. Cf. an opera by Verdi, a picture by Monet, a pot by Bernard Leach. It's about pieces that were made, composed, painted, written by someone.

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    thanks :)

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