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    #1

    A part of the collection or part of the collection?

    Hi,

    Is something (stamp, car, coin, book etc.) a part of the collection or just part of the collection?

    For example,

    This old stamp is a part of my collection of rare stamps.

    or,

    This old stamp is part of my collection or rare stamps.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: A part of the collection or part of the collection?

    Both versions are acceptable.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: A part of the collection or part of the collection?

    Thanks for the reply.

    What about if the the part is not a tangible object (for example, a name or a word)?

    As in:

    'Quixotic' is (a) part of my collection of rare words.

    Still interchangeable?

    Thanks again.

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    Re: A part of the collection or part of the collection?

    This old stamp is a part of my collection of rare stamps.

    or,

    This old stamp is part of my collection or rare stamps.
    Both versions are acceptable.
    No, I don't think so.

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    #5

    Re: A part of the collection or part of the collection?

    I think or is a typo and the question is about the article before part.

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    #6

    Re: A part of the collection or part of the collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by djtremolo View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    What about if the the part is not a tangible object (for example, a name or a word)?

    As in:

    'Quixotic' is (a) part of my collection of rare words.

    Still interchangeable?

    Thanks again.
    Here, I would say "Quixotic" is [just] one of my collection of rare words.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: A part of the collection or part of the collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Here, I would say "Quixotic" is [just] one of my collection of rare words.
    Hello.
    Please allow me to ask a question here.
    I understand that 'one of...' is usually followed by a plural (pro)noun.

    "(The word) 'Quixotic' is one of the rare words that I know," for example, sounds perfectly OK to me.

    "This notebook of mine has a collection of rare words." sounds right to me.

    "This notebook is one of my collections of rare words." is...probably OK.

    "(The word) 'Quixotic' is one of my collection of rare words." doesn't sound OK to me.

    "(The word) 'Quixotic' is one of my collections of rare words." doesn't, either.

    "(The word) 'Quixotic' is (just) (a) part of my collection of rare words." seems the best to me.


    Do I understand it correctly?

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