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    Default of - be of good quality

    Can someone explain the following "of"?
    Your gift should be of good quality but modestly priced. When you plan to give a gift to several people within an organisation, be sure to give a gift of greater value to the senior person.
    Are they both the same type of "of"? Can I drop the first one and just say "be good quality"?
    How about this one, is it the same kind of "of" -
    be of help
    Any other examples of the structure and how to use would be much appreciated.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: of - be of good quality

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    Yes, they're the same kind of "of". Leaving out "of" is not possible.

    Your gift should be of good quality but modestly priced.

    Your gift should be good quality but modestly priced.

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    Default Re: of - be of good quality

    Hello.
    This sort of '(be+) of + (abstract) noun' basically functions like an adjective in my opinion.
    Please see here (definition #9): Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    be of value = be valuable
    be of help = be helpful
    be of quality = be very good

    etc...

    I hope I'm not talking nonsense.

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    Default Re: of - be of good quality

    Thanks for the replies.

    The Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary was very helpful.

    The "be" is also confusing. Can you correct/complete the following -

    be of value
    be= ?????
    of= preposition
    value= abstract noun (must this always be an abstract noun?)

    be valuable
    be= ?????
    valuable= adjective

    Am I correct to say that "be of ......." is the abstract noun form and "be ......" is the adjective form??

    Is the "of" preposition always required??

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: of - be of good quality

    Quote Originally Posted by uniopp View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    The Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary was very helpful.

    The "be" is also confusing. Can you correct/complete the following -

    be of value
    be= ????? I'm not really sure what you're confused about. "be= verb" - Is this what you're asking about?
    of= preposition
    value= abstract noun (must this always be an abstract noun?) We need some native speakers' opinions, I suppose.

    be valuable

    be= ????? Please see above.
    valuable= adjective

    Am I correct to say that "be of ......." is the abstract noun form Yes, after the preposition 'of' you'll need a noun.
    and "be ......" is the adjective form?? To express the same idea, yes, I think so.

    Is the "of" preposition always required?? We need some advice from native speakers.

    Thanks.
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