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    Thumbs down a simple sentence

    While checking a Word in dictionary, I found a sentence which I can't understand completely.
    Here it is:
    dissuade v. To change the purpose or alter the plans of by persuasion, counsel, or pleading.

    My question is the 'of' here. Could you explain it for me~~
    Thanks in advance

    P.S "the sentence which I can't understand completely" I wrote above means I know most but not all. Is this sentence right? or it may imply I can't understand at all? How should I say if it is not right~~

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    Re: a simple sentence

    Hello, I'm not a teacher, but I hope that my advice can help you!

    dissuade v. To change the purpose /// or alter the plans of /// by persuasion, counsel, or pleading.

    I took the passage apart, so it's easier to understand. I hope that helps.


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    Re: a simple sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Gnome View Post
    Hello, I'm not a teacher, but I hope that my advice can help you!

    dissuade v. To change the purpose /// or alter the plans of /// by persuasion, counsel, or pleading.

    I took the passage apart, so it's easier to understand. I hope that helps.
    Thanks
    but there is nothing after of, I can't understand that.

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    Re: a simple sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by newid View Post
    Thanks
    but there is nothing after of, I can't understand that.
    *I'm not a teacher.*

    I believe the authors left the object of the preposition blank on purpose to show that there's a variable (example, I'm from the land of ___). The definition isn't really a sentence, so common grammar rules do not apply.

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    Re: a simple sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by newid View Post
    Thanks
    but there is nothing after of, I can't understand that.
    I believe our friend Gnome has explained it well. To make it still clearer, consider it in the following way:

    To change the someone's purpose or alter the plans of someone by persuasion, counsel, or pleading.

    Personally I don't feel it was written very clearly. At first I thought that "of" was a typo, until Gnome explained it.

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