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Which of the following two sentences is correct...and why?
"It is important that students understand the fundamental principles of manufacturing. The objective of the course is to provide a solid foundation of the science and techniques necessary for that understanding."
"It is important that students understand the fundamental principles of manufacturing. The objective of the course is to provide a solid foundation in the science and techniques necessary for that understanding."
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My purpose in posting here was to gain an understanding regarding correct usage. Responding with "we generally use..." doesn't provide that understanding; rather, it begs the question. And if "we generally use..." is meant to imply that both "of" and "in" are correct, but that "in" is more-often preferred, then it seems to suggest that there may be particular situations in which "of" is preferred. Knowing what, if any, those situations are would provide the usage understanding I was hoping to get.
Sorry, but that doesn't answer the question.
You made the statement that 'in' is generally used after foundation. But you didn't say why.
Your reply was there is nothing grammatically wrong with saying 'of' or 'at', just that we don't say it that way.
My question was why 'in' according to you is generally followed after 'foundation'.