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    #1

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    Which is better, (1) or (2) ? Are they acceptable?

    (1) Our teacher teaches us the principles of how to associate with people.

    (2) Our teacher teaches us the principles of how to be an upright person.

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    #2

    Exclamation Re: sentneces

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    Which is better, (1) or (2) ? Are they acceptable?

    1) Our teacher teaches us the principles of getting/knowing (how) to associate with people.

    (2) Our teacher teaches us the principles of how to be an upright person.
    I think both are incorrect English. Here, the preposition ‘of’ should be followed either by a noun/gerund or noun/gerund phrase. “how to associate with people” is not a noun phrase. You can make it a gerund phrase by replacing ‘how’ with ‘getting/knowing’


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    Re: sentneces

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    Which is better, (1) or (2) ? Are they acceptable?

    (1) Our teacher teaches us the principles of how to associate with people.

    (2) Our teacher teaches us the principles of how to be an upright person.
    Not a teacher.

    Both seem to be well constructed sentences, however the adjective "upright" used in the second sentence makes little sense to me. It may be a country specific phrase but I would be inclined to use something more widely recognised like:

    "Our teacher teaches us the principles of how to be a good, honest, respectable person."

    I did find "upright person" in the thesaurus so maybe it is just a phrase I have yet to come across and is perfectly acceptable :P.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    I think both are incorrect English. Here, the preposition ‘of’ should be followed either by a noun/gerund or noun/gerund phrase. “how to associate with people” is not a noun phrase. You can make it a gerund phrase by replacing ‘how’ with ‘getting/knowing’
    Not a teacher.

    Unless "how to associate with people" is a specific reference to material being taught?

    "Our teacher teaches us the principles of how to associate with people."

    If "how to associate with people" was a book for example and the teacher was teaching the principal from the book would this make the sentence correct? I guess on that case the "how to associate with people" would have to be capitalized so I’m probably incorrect but for personal interest I would still like to know :).

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