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    The VS of the

    Hi there!

    I received the following question without any context to relate to. So I gave two examples to try to illustrate how broad it is. Would you guys have any suggestions about the answer?

    I would like to know what´s the difference between " The " and " OF THE"?

    The difference from 'the' and 'of the' depends on the sentence you want to use.


    e.g.
    The United States of America is a big country in North America.
    Your hair and eyes remind me of your mother.


    In both sentences the use of 'the' and 'of the' is correct. The second sentence uses the preposition 'of' because of the verb 'remind'. Together they are a phrasal verb which is used to make relation between two similar objects or people.


    There are many other contexts in which you will have to use 'the' with or without preposition. The need of the preposition will vary according to the sentence.

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    Re: The VS of the

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
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    There are many other contexts in which you will have to use 'the' with or without preposition. The need of the preposition will vary according to the sentence.
    True. Do you have a question? If so, I suggest you ask it, and use the forum rules for naming your subject.

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    Re: The VS of the

    I received a question about usage of 'the' and 'of the'. I prepared an answer and I wanted to check if it could be improved. The title of the thread refers to the content of the question.

    What did I do wrong?

    Thanks in advance,
    Tito

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    Re: The VS of the

    Apologies. Because 'VS' is an unusual abbreviation of versus, I misread your title.

    But you answered your own question adequately (that is, the message was right though the expression is less than perfect).

    The choice between The difference from 'the' and 'of the' depends on the sentence you want to use.


    e.g.
    The United States of America is a big country in North America.
    Your hair and eyes remind me of your mother.


    In both sentences the use of 'the' and 'of the' is correct. The second sentence uses the preposition 'of' because of the verb 'remind'. Together they are a phrasal verb which is used to make relation between two similar objects or people.


    There are many other contexts in which you will have to use 'the' with or without preposition. The need of the preposition will vary according to the sentence.
    Some people would insist on calling 'remind....of' a prepositional verb.

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    Re: The VS of the

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Apologies. Because 'VS' is an unusual abbreviation of versus, I misread your title.

    But you answered your own question adequately (that is, the message was right though the expression is less than perfect).


    Some people would insist on calling 'remind....of' a prepositional verb.

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    I was wrong; you were right. The thing about 'remind ... of ....' can be either.

    Phrasal verb: 'He reminded me of his father.'
    Prepositional verb: 'He reminded me of the importance of absolute silence.'

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    #6

    Re: The VS of the

    I wouldn't call those constructions either of them. They are regular verbs with regular prepositions.

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    Re: The VS of the

    I'd better steer clear; technicalities aren't my thing!

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    #8

    Re: The VS of the

    I am not a teacher.

    I'm still looking for the example of 'of the'.

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    #9

    Re: The VS of the

    Lol, true! I forgot to include one.

    How about this one?

    Advice of the day.

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