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    Hermione Burton Guest

    prerequisite for / of?

    What is the difference between the usage of:
    prerequisite for
    prerequisite of

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    Re: prerequisite for / of?

    There are many cases where, I think, they could be used interchangeably, but when the sequence is important, especially if talking about future events, or the next stage, then I would use 'for'.

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    Re: prerequisite for / of?

    Hello Hermione

    1. A good working knowledge of MS Office packages is a prerequisite of the job.

    = "...is required to carry out the job."

    2. Safe schools are a prerequisite for student achievement.

    = "...is required before student achievement can occur."

    Thus:

    3. X is a prerequisite of Y = you need X to perform Y.

    4. X is a prerequisite for Y = X must occur for Y to occur.

    All the best,

    MrP

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