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    Thereof

    Hello, it's me again.
    I'd like to ask whether the word thereof can serve as an ultimate substitude for of it. In particular, is it possible to say command thereof or knowledge thereof? Thanks.

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    Re: Thereof

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMax View Post
    Hello, it's me again.
    I'd like to ask whether the word thereof can serve as an ultimate substitude for of it. In particular, is it possible to say command thereof or knowledge thereof? Thanks.
    It would depend on context, but "knowledge thereof" is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It would depend on context, but "knowledge thereof" is fine.
    Then, could you please specify some cases when it's incorrect to replace of it with thereof?

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    Re: Thereof

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMax View Post
    Then, could you please specify some cases when it's incorrect to replace of it with thereof?
    In fact, I can't think of any at the moment. I'll have a think about it and let you know, unless anybody else comes up with anything in the mean time.

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    Re: Thereof

    If you take 'context' as I do, to include the situation surrounding the utterance, then substituting 'thereof' for 'of it' would be inappropriate in most informal contexts. If I said to MrsK 'Let's dish the curry up in the kitchen and proceed to the consumption thereof while we're watching CSI' she would be most surprised - though not very, as she knows me . 'Thereof' is intrinsically formal.

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    Re: Thereof

    Well, thank you both for the detailed explanations.

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    Re: Thereof

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    If you take 'context' as I do, to include the situation surrounding the utterance, then substituting 'thereof' for 'of it' would be inappropriate in most informal contexts. If I said to MrsK 'Let's dish the curry up in the kitchen and proceed to the consumption thereof while we're watching CSI' she would be most surprised - though not very, as she knows me . 'Thereof' is intrinsically formal.

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