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    #1

    the use of 'of'

    Dear Friends,



    I wonder if 'of' in the following is at the right place and correct:

    Speech understanding is a matter of brainwork which is mental activity rather than of many times obscure or nonexistent expectation on the part of the hearer.

    I know that this is technical, academic speech but I hope you can judge from the standpoint of grammar.


    Palinkasocsi


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    Re: the use of 'of'

    Speech understanding is a matter (1)[of (2)[brainwork which is mental activity] rather than (1)[of (2)[many times obscure or nonexistent expectation on the part of the hearer].


    'of' is optional. It is a matter of extent of ellipsis.
    (1)[ --> no 'of'
    (2)[ --> the presence of the second 'of' is optional

    It is either
    1. matter of [X and Y]
    or
    2. matter [of X and (of) Y]

    and ≠ rather than = and not, but it does not matter. What matters is that we see the coordinated elements in the sentence and how the ellipsis works.
    Last edited by Kondorosi; 31-Jan-2010 at 15:41.

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    #3

    Re: the use of 'of'

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,



    I wonder if 'of' in the following is at the right place and correct:

    Speech understanding is a matter of brainwork which is mental activity rather than of many times obscure or nonexistent expectation on the part of the hearer.

    I know that this is technical, academic speech but I hope you can judge from the standpoint of grammar.


    Palinkasocsi
    Did you fully understand Kondorosi's explanation?


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    Re: the use of 'of'

    Hmmm. I guess so. As I understand, 'of' is optional. Am I right?

    Palinkasocsi

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    #5

    Re: the use of 'of'

    No, in this case "of" is necessary, it is not optional.

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