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    Preposition of usage

    Hi, are these two cases of using the preposition of too exotic or they are real? I found them in the Longman dictionary.
    The first one.
    22 American English spoken used in giving the time, to mean 'before' synonym 'to' British English
    It's a quarter OF seven (=6.45). Instead of Its a quarter TO seven.

    The second one
    25 of an evening/of a weekend etc British English in the evenings, at weekends etc:
    We often used to walk by the river OF an evening.
    Instead of
    We often used to walk by the river in the evenings.

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    Re: Preposition of usage

    "Quarter of seven" is real, though "quarter till/to seven" is more common.

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    Re: Preposition of usage

    We often used to walk by the river OF an evening.

    This is fine — at least in BE.

    This (from Way Out West) always makes me laugh:

    LAUREL: He's dead just at present.

    HARDY: What did he die of?

    LAUREL: I think he died of a Tuesday.

    Rover


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