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    about or of

    Can you give me an explanation of when to use about and when to use of? I have been doing one of the quiizzes on here, and while I more or less know which is correct, I can't for the life of me explain why I would use which one. I have looked in some grammar bokos, and they give a lot of explanations, but not of this instance, please can you help me? Thankyou.

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    #2

    Re: about or of

    Know of = know the name, some basic facts
    Know about = kow a lot more

    Generally, 'about' is greater/more detailed than 'of' where the two can be used.

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    Re: about or of

    Thank you, but that doesn't really help with some of the instances in the quiz where you choose of or about. For instance, He complained (of/about) chest pains. Does this song remind you (about/of) anything? The neighbours complained (about/of how loud the music was. Didn't they warn you (about/of trying that? It's strange, the chest pains, is the only one where i think either could really be used, and the others i wouldn't get wrong, but I don't know why. Help..

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    Re: about or of

    The first is a usage- you complain of an illness, though even this fits the pattern in that you are indicating discomfort. The second fits the pattern- songs would give you a brief indication. The third and fourth fit the pattern- you give information in both cases.

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    Re: about or of

    Thanks so much, you really are a gem. I'd be lost wothout your help!!

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    Re: about or of

    oooops without.... typing error!!!!

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    #7

    Re: about or of

    I'm no stranger to those- it's funny how they only look wrong once they've been posted.

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    Re: about or of

    Glad you understand. I would like to thank you so much for your dedication to this site, and helping others. It has been so helpful to me. I am English, but live in Belgium now, and so people have asked me to teach them English, but really, I don't have "real" teachng skills. Saying that, the "students" keep coming, so I must be doing something right!! However, I am not always able to give an explanation on some parts of grammar, and have often referred to the teachers here for help. The tests are really good, and I often use them too. So thanks to all of you.
    Val

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    #9

    Re: about or of

    Thanks. If there's stuff you think is missing, do let me know and I'l try to fill in the gaps.

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