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    "He is looking for a book about/of/on English grammar."

    All three prepositions seem to fit. How are they used differently here?

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    Re: Book About/Of/On

    Quote Originally Posted by lilyc View Post
    "He is looking for a book about/of/on English grammar."

    All three prepositions seem to fit. How are they used differently here?
    They all fit and could all be used, pretty much interchangeably in that particular sentence.

    The only slight difference I might discern would be that a book about or on English grammar might not be a book with all the grammar rules. It could be a book giving the history of English grammar, how it came about, how it differs from other languages etc. That is just one interpretation though.

    A book of English grammar would be the kind of book that the students here use, containing the rules and examples and in which one can look up a grammar point.

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    Re: Book About/Of/On

    "He is writing a scholarly paper about/of/on English grammar."

    If the subject is changed from "book" to scholarly paper", would the same interpretation in post #2 apply?

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    Re: Book About/Of/On

    I wouldn't use of with paper- a paper isn't comprehensive enough IMO.

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