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    In some book titles and chapter titles, this pattern is used:

    " Of [Something]"

    The most famous example seems to be the book title "Of Mice and Men".

    What does "of" mean?

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    Default Re: Of Mice and Men

    concerning/about/on the subject of

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    concerning/about/on the subject of
    Could I write this:

    "Of his future, he said he doesn't have any plans yet."

    to mean:


    "On the subject of his future, he said he doesn't have any plans yet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by thema View Post
    Could I write this:

    "Of his future, he said he doesn't have any plans yet."

    to mean:


    "On the subject of his future, he said he doesn't have any plans yet."
    Not really. "For" would be better there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Not really. "For" would be better there.
    So, this pattern should only be used in book titles or chapter titles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thema View Post
    So, this pattern should only be used in book titles or chapter titles?
    I don't know that I would go that far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't know that I would go that far.
    Then "Of his future, he said he doesn't have any plans yet" is good English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thema View Post
    Then "Of his future, he said he doesn't have any plans yet" is good English?
    Not for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thema View Post
    Then "Of his future, he said he doesn't have any plans yet" is good English?
    It's not a common construction. It would be better if you just understood it when you see it, rather than trying to use it. You'll never need it.
    It's often literary.

    "The time has come," the Walrus said,
    "To talk of many things;
    Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax,
    And cabbages and kings."

    THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER

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