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    Of the boys

    Hi teachers,

    "Of the boys who do not reach their natural academic..." I looked "of" up in the Cambridge dictionary. I found its meaning. It is "about". Am I right?

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    Re: Of the boys

    I believe that it some cases it can be used as a synonym for about.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/of?s=t

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    #3

    Re: Of the boys

    Please write the complete sentence, Naeem.

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    Re: Of the boys

    Of the boys who do not reach their natural academic boundary during the course of their college career.
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    Re: Of the boys

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Of the boys who do not reach their natural academic boundary during the course of their college career.
    That sentence doesn't make sense.

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    Re: Of the boys

    Of the boys who do not reach their natural academic boundary during the course of their college career, but who fail to get through, there are two main classes: those who try, and those who do not try.
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    Re: Of the boys

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Of the boys who do not reach their natural academic boundary during the course of their college career, but who fail to get through, there are two main classes: those who try, and those who do not try.
    Why didn't you post that earlier?

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    Re: Of the boys

    ...in post #1, in fact.

    Extracting the full sentence from you, Naeem, has been like pulling teeth.

    To answer your question, 'about' wouldn't work.

    Straightening out the inverted sentence, it reads 'There are two main classes of boys...who do not reach their natural academic boundary...'

    You cannot replace 'of' with 'about'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Sep-2014 at 22:52.

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    Re: Of the boys

    I agree 100% with Rover. And now I have my own question. What is natural academic boundary? (Full potential?)


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    Re: Of the boys

    Please remember that when we ask for a full sentence, we require every word from the first (starting with a capital letter) to the last, before (and including) the full stop.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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