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    5.all us young sinners

    And he held out his arms to all us young sinners there on the mournerís bench.(from a Chinese magazine)My question is after" all", can "of" be omitted?Thanks a lot!

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    Re: 5.all us young sinners

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    And he held out his arms to all us young sinners there on the mourner’s bench.(from a Chinese magazine)My question is after" all", can "of" be omitted?Thanks a lot!
    There's no 'of' after 'all' to be omitted in your example.
    You mean, "Shouldn't there by an 'of' after 'all'?", or "Can you omit 'of' from 'all of us'?"
    "All us sinners" sounds very colloquial, and might be representing the speech of a regional dialect.

    I'd definitely suggest adding 'of' after 'all' in your example, or in the case of "all of us", leaving it there.

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    Re: 5.all us young sinners

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There's no 'of' after 'all' to be omitted in your example.
    You mean, "Shouldn't there by an 'of' after 'all'?", or "Can you omit 'of' from 'all of us'?"
    "All us sinners" sounds very colloquial, and might be representing the speech of a regional dialect.

    I'd definitely suggest adding 'of' after 'all' in your example, or in the case of "all of us", leaving it there.
    accepting your view,Thanks!

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    Re: 5.all us young sinners

    I have a feeling that the phrase 'all us young sinners' comes from a childrens' hymn (not that I know of such a hymn - it just has the right slightly archaic ring).

    b

    PS ... and the right Sunday school belief that until you emerged from the Confessional Box for the first time, with a whiter than white soul, your soul just got blacker and blacker.
    Last edited by BobK; 19-Jul-2010 at 13:10. Reason: Added PS

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