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  1. wotcha's Avatar
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    #1

    How are 'of no use' and ' no use' different?

    1. It is no use to cry over spilt milk.

    2. It is of no use to cry over spilt milk.

    3. It is no use crying over spilt milk.

    4. It is no use to cry over spilt milk.


    Are they all grammatical?

    Actually we teach Korean kids that only 2 and 3 are grammatically correct,

    and I really don't know why they are. A great number of grammar books written by Korean

    have numerous errors and mistakes in them.


    Please help me out you brilliant teachers.

    Thank you so much in advance.
    Last edited by wotcha; 18-Jul-2012 at 17:27.

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    #2

    Re: How are 'of no iuse' and ' no use' different?

    I've never heard anyone use "to cry" and certainly not "of no use".

    It's no use crying over spilt milk.
    It's no good crying over spilt milk. (More common for me.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: How are 'of no iuse' and ' no use' different?

    Aside from this proverb, 'no use' is generally followed by a present participle:

    'It's no use running for the bus; you've just missed it.'

    'I know where you are; it's no use trying to hide.'


    '...of no use to'
    is followed by a noun or pronoun, and of is usually omitted.

    'That information is (of) no use to the committee.'

    'I don't want your old clothes; they're (of) no use to me.'

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Jul-2012 at 08:15.

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