As a non-native speaker, I feel it's kind of hard to understand the English expression of " ... of ... of ...of ...of...."
It's easier for me to understand if there is only one "of " in a phrase, but with more "of" shows, it is really hard for me to understand propraly, so I'm here to ask teachers for help.
Which "of " is the emphasise or main part in the phrase " ... of ... of ...of ...of...." ?
Should I comprehend the first "of " or the last one?
For example, the sentence "it shows the results of a survey of adult education", how should I comprehend it,
Thanks a lot in advance.
'...results of a survey of adult education.' is perfectly correct.
'THESE' are the results of a survey. The survey is of adult education.
According to a survey of 1000 people in the city, the crisis is to be attributed to the unemployment.
Also, a survey of means a survey dealing with counting the number of:
We had to conduct a survey of lonely parents in the town.
A survey on means, as I said earlier, a survey dealing with.
Thank both of you.
Yet I'm still confused.
any other answers?
A survey of adult education was carried out. The results of the survey were XYZ.
Maybe survey of is equal to survey on. I don't know.
The thing is that there are at least two meanings of survey that I can clearly distinguish:
1. survey (on), similar to a poll, asking people to answer different questions; the results of such a survey are made up of all the answers given.
Officials of Wellesley College this week announced with evident satisfaction the results of a survey of 457 freshmen on what made them pick the school in the first place.
2. survey (of), a general study or report; a description about the whole of a subject.
His new book is a survey of European theatre in the nineteenth century.
With 2, you cannot say that there are any results of such a survey.
There are 108,000 references to 'Results of a survey.' on google.