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    be that of ??

    Please I can not find out what is the meaning of " is that of ". For instance, look at the following sentence.
    "The first disadvantage of driving a car in a large metropolis is that of finding a parking space"
    .

    Could you tell me please what "is that of " means in Spanish.

    Thanks in advance.
    Marisol.

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    Re: be that of ??

    Quote Originally Posted by MarisolC View Post
    Please I can not find out what is the meaning of " is that of ". For instance, look at the following sentence.
    "The first disadvantage of driving a car in a large metropolis is that of finding a parking space"
    .

    Could you tell me please what "is that of " means in Spanish.

    Thanks in advance.
    Marisol.
    I haven't a clue what a Spanish word would that be, but the phrase be that of means is the disadvantage of in this case; that refers back to the noun disadvantage.


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    Re: be that of ??

    Thank you so much. It is clear now.

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    Re: be that of ??

    Quote Originally Posted by MarisolC View Post
    "The first disadvantage of driving a car in a large metropolis is that of finding a parking space".
    "es la de"
    Could you tell me please what "is that of " means in Spanish.

    Thanks in advance.
    Marisol.
    Another example:
    that of
    His own experience was different from that of his friends.

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