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    #1

    "There are many advantages of NP" vs. "NP has many advantages"

    I'm wondering whether we can say "Doing this (whatever it is) has many advantages" or would it be better to say "There are many advantages of doing this".

    Sometimes, I feel that my students use a lot of "NP has..." when it should be "There are...of NP". So I'm wondering in the case of the above, are both right?

    Is there a rule of when to use "There are.....of NP" as opposed to "NP has.."

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    #2

    Re: "There are many advantages of NP" vs. "NP has many advantages"

    I'd say "Doing this has many advantages" or "There are many advantages to doing this".

    What's NP?

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    Re: "There are many advantages of NP" vs. "NP has many advantages"

    Great. Thanks for your response. NP = Noun Phrase.

    I used to teach "advantages to", but then went on to teaching "advantages of". It seems that both are used when checking in a corpus.

    Do you think both are correct? If so, why would you use "advantages to"?

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    Re: "There are many advantages of NP" vs. "NP has many advantages"

    This is one/the advantage OF doing X.

    There are a number of advantages TO doing X.

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    #5

    Re: "There are many advantages of NP" vs. "NP has many advantages"

    Also "The advantages OF doing X are..."
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: "There are many advantages of NP" vs. "NP has many advantages"

    Wow, that's interesting. I never knew there were such rules.

    Could someone explain the rules more clearly now, rather than just through the examples?

    From what I see, if you're talking about more than one advantage, then it's "to", although charliedeut mentioned using "of" in his sentence above.

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    Re: "There are many advantages of NP" vs. "NP has many advantages"

    Essentially, if you begin with 'there is/are' (etc.) you will need 'to' rather than 'of'.

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