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    May I remind you of that saying. The use of that and of here.

    May I remind you of that saying: "Practice makes perfect."

    The more you do something, the better you will become.

    Can I replace that by the? Why that is used here?
    Can I use about as an alternative to of?



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    Re: May I remind you of that saying. The use of that and of here.

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    May I remind you of that saying: "Practice makes perfect."

    The more you do something, the better you will become.

    Can I replace that by the? Why that is used here? "that" points to a particular saying. "I want the red car. Yes, that one". Here either "the" or "that" could be used.
    Can I use about as an alternative to of? Yes.


    May I remind you about the saying. By the way, practice does not make perfect - perfect practice makes perfect. If a person throws a ball and hits the batter (in American baseball) and continues to throw the ball and always hits the batter, all of this practice does not make him a better pitcher. A pitcher should throw the ball so that it always comes near the right side of the batter (or the left side if the batter is left-handed).

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    Re: May I remind you of that saying. The use of that and of here.

    Whilst of course Gillnetter is absolutely right about the realities of practice, it should be noted that the accepted standard idiom is "Practice makes perfect".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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