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    About or of...

    Can we use 'of' instead of 'about'? e.g I've heard of it or I've heard about it?

    Which form is the right one? I've met with both and it's little confusing for me...

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    Re: About or of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat. View Post
    Can we use 'of' instead of 'about'? e.g I've heard of it or I've heard about it?

    Which form is the right one? I've met with both and it's little confusing for me...
    There is no "right" one. Both are used.

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    Re: About or of...

    So can I use them both whenever I want? Without exceptions? I mean can I say 'I've heard about it' as well as I've heard of it?

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    Re: About or of...

    The version with 'about' usually means that you know more details about 'it' than the version with 'of'.

    'I've just heard about Rupert. He's left his wife and run off with his secretary.'

    'I've heard of the theory of relativity, but I've no idea what it's about.'

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    Re: About or of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The version with 'about' usually means that you know more details about 'it' than the version with 'of'.

    'I've just heard about Rupert. He's left his wife and run off with his secretary.'

    'I've heard of the theory of relativity, but I've no idea what it's about.'

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    I thought they were used as follows:
    About = eg you are talking about things (not particular ones).
    Of = eg you think of something/someone (a specific thing/person).

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    Re: About or of...

    This question concerns heard of/heard about.

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    Re: About or of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    This question concerns heard of/heard about.

    Rover
    Please, read carefully the right question in bold. The verb 'hear' is used as an example, so my verbs or even any verbs used with 'of' and 'about' are quite relevant to this discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat. View Post
    Can we use 'of' instead of 'about'? e.g I've heard of it or I've heard about it?

    Which form is the right one? I've met with both and it's little confusing for me...

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    Re: About or of...

    Yep, I just threw some examples. I'd like to know when do we use 'of' and when 'about'. Thanks for your replies though, they're quite useful.

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    Re: About or of...

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
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    I thought they were used as follows:
    About = eg you are talking about things (not particular ones).
    Of = eg you think of something/someone (a specific thing/person).
    What about the sentence "I know about you" ? "you" here is particular/specific, isn't it?
    Some more examples:
    I want to talk about our mission.
    Let's discuss about the 2008 economic crisis.
    I don't care about what you said.
    There are some places where we can only use "about" but not "of" and vice versa. I don't think the uses of both differ in the after word specifying whether particular things or not.
    Could you please give out some examples to illustrate what you thought ?
    Thank you so much !

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