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    Usage of "of"

    Hello,
    What is the difference between A) and B) below.

    A) I know of an idiom.
    B) I know an idiom.

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    Re: Usage of "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by junchoi777 View Post
    Hello,
    What is the difference between A) and B) below.

    A) I know of an idiom.
    B) I know an idiom.
    A) simply means that you know that an idiom exists, but not necessarily which one or the exact details. You could say "I know of an idiom - I think it has three words and one of them is a country and the whole thing means to take a risk, but I can't remember the whole thing". The listener might be able to help you by saying "Is it 'playing Russian roulette'?"

    B) means that you actually know the words which go to make up an idiom. You could say "I know an idiom. It's "playing Russian roulette" and it means to take a risk."

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    Re: Usage of "of"

    It's "playing Russian roulette" and it means to take a risk."
    Is that some of that British understatement? Russian Roulette involves very high odds of very catastrophic outcomes.

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