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    Default Use of the word "foundation."

    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."

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    "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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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricochet View Post
    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."

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    "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."
    The second one is correct. We generally use "in" after "foundation".

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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The second one is correct. We generally use "in" after "foundation".
    Second part of my question: "why?"

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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricochet View Post
    Second part of my question: "why?"
    Is there an invisible 'thank you' there? Or is it just a simple demand for more free help?

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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Is there an invisible 'thank you' there? Or is it just a simple demand for more free help?

    How 'bout a "half" thank you...for answering the first half of my question.

    (Seriously, I didn't mean to come across as ungrateful or demanding.)

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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricochet View Post

    (Seriously, I didn't mean to come across as ungrateful or demanding.)
    Whether you meant to or not, you did. My answer is "We generally use "in" after "foundation".

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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Whether you meant to or not, you did. My answer is "We generally use "in" after "foundation".
    My apologies for failing to offer my thanks, and for appearing to be ungrateful.

    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.

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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The second one is correct. We generally use "in" after "foundation".

    Hi, sorry to hijack, but could you please explain why 'in' is generally used after foundation?

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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    Hi, sorry to hijack, but could you please explain why 'in' is generally used after foundation?
    There is nothing grammatically wrong with "provide a foundation of" or indeed, "at", but we don't say it that way.

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    Default Re: Use of the word "foundation."

    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'.





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