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    how do you use this "of"

    Hi

    I know how to use "of" (most of time" ), but this "of" really threw me off

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    We honestly don’t have much to say that would be of general interest.

    why do people put "of" there, I also see other usage like that...but I just dont know how to use it.

    Please advise!

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    'Be of 'is a phrasal verb and it means: possess intrinsically; give rise to.

    We honestly don’t have much to say that would be of (give rise to) general interest.

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    Most writers do nor consider Be of to be a phrasal verb. It is simpler, and more accurate, to consider of interest to be a fixed phrase meaning roughly the same as interesting. Just as we can modify the adjective interesting with such adverbs as very, so we can qualify the noun interest with such adjectives as general.

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It is simpler, and more accurate


    Why?

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    Most writers do nor consider
    You surveyed them?

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    'Be of 'is a phrasal verb and it means: possess intrinsically; give rise to.

    We honestly don’t have much to say that would be of (give rise to) general interest.

    thank you.

    can you please point me to more examples? Or can you please write more examples for me? thanks!

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Most writers do nor consider Be of to be a phrasal verb. It is simpler, and more accurate, to consider of interest to be a fixed phrase meaning roughly the same as interesting. Just as we can modify the adjective interesting with such adverbs as very, so we can qualify the noun interest with such adjectives as general.

    this actually hard for me to understand. would you please give more examples...thanks!

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmind View Post
    this actually hard for me to understand. would you please give more examples...thanks!
    You may find this interesting. - You may find this of interest.
    He had little to say that was particularly interesting. - He had little of particular interest to say.

    This is a very important matter. - This is a matter of great importance.

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You may find this interesting. - You may find this of interest.
    He had little to say that was particularly interesting. - He had little of particular interest to say.

    This is a very important matter. - This is a matter of great importance.

    yes, yes, I saw that a lot! I never understood it!!

    I got it now! so happy!

    interesting = of interest (roughly...because you have to change the phrase around..)

    and "give rise to" is also a good explanation, much easier to understand!!!

    thank you both!

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    There are differences of interpretation and definition about what makes a phrasal verb, and some verbs that are commonly listed as phrasal verbs may be better described as verb + preposition combinations, etc, and our phrasal verb list would include many of these, favouring practicality over purity.

    Can I once again ask people to discuss ideas rather than questioning the knowledge/integrity etc of other posters- snarkiness doesn't advance causes or views and only serves to raise the temprature of the forum.

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    Re: how do you use this "of"

    There are differences of interpretation and definition about what makes a phrasal verb, and some verbs that are commonly listed as phrasal verbs may be better described as verb + preposition combinations, etc, and our phrasal verb list would include many of these, favouring practicality over purity..
    The UsingEnglish list is here: English Phrasal Verbs

    My own thoughts on what makes a phrasal verb are here: http://www.gramorak.com/Articles/Phrasal.pdf

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