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    Post What does "be of adjective or noun" means, and how to use it

    Hi, teacher

    This time I have a question on the expression "be of adjective or noun", for example when I was of your age, what is the grammar rule for it?
    Thanks a lot?

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    Re: What does "be of adjective or noun" means, and how to use it

    Generally, what comes after an "of" will be a noun phrase.

    Usually, I'd say only "when I was your age." ("Age" is still a noun here. "Your" will come before a noun phrase as well.) To me "When I was of your age" doesn't sound natural.

    He is of an age when he should know better.
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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does "be of adjective or noun" means, and how to use it

    Quote Originally Posted by waterborne View Post
    Hi, teacher

    This time I have a question on the expression "be of adjective or noun", for example when I was of your age, what is the grammar rule for it?
    Thanks a lot?
    I don't know if there's a rule. It's more common (I'd say) with a noun before "of".
    "When I was a young man of your age / a boy of your age ..."
    "He's a man of strong character."
    "She's a lady of good breeding."

    It might be best to use such a 'person' noun when you use this type of construction; and when you read it or see it, just assume that "He is of ... " means "He is a person of ..."

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    Re: What does "be of adjective or noun" means, and how to use it

    Thank you very much, Raymott

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