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    Question gift of/for

    How to distinguish the difference (if there is any) between 'gift of (doing) something' and 'gift for (doing) something'?

    For example:

    She has an exceptional gift of (or maybe still better, for) interpreting dreams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    How to distinguish the difference (if there is any) between 'gift of (doing) something' and 'gift for (doing) something'?

    For example:

    She has a gift for interpreting dreams....
    Or She has the exceptional gift of being able to interpret dreams.

    (It looks, from this example, that a requires for and the requires of. But it's late, and I'll have to think about it further before suggesting this as a rule.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But it's late, and I'll have to think about it further before suggesting this as a rule.)

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    I'll be waiting patiently, then.

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    Default Re: gift of/for

    I think my observation last night was right. The definite article calls for of; but it's not a rule you have to learn - it's just that when you're talking about a specific gift, you must link it to an action with the specific preposition of: The gift of doing something.

    Similarly, when you're not being specific - and using an indefinite article - you use the less specific preposition for. When you have 'a gift for something' it isn't necessarily always apparent: 'That's strange - he usually has a gift for dealing with older women.'

    That's the way I see it anyway.... Perhaps others may have a different view.

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    Default Re: gift of/for

    To add anything else, I need more context...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    That's the way I see it anyway.... Perhaps others may have a different view.

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    Great! The way you see it is the way I will see it as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    To add anything else, I need more context...
    I'm afraid I can't provide you with any more context - I was just curious about the use of for and of with the noun gift; the sentence was taken from an FCE preparation textbook, where you have to put the right preposition, and there's no answer to the exercise.

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