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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.
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."
and yes i was mistaken in framing my question :)
NOT A TEACHER
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.