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    at a loss of vs at a loss for

    Dear all,


    When you don't know what to say, do you say "I'm at a loss for words", or "I'm at a loss of words"?

    I think "at a loss for words" is standard, but there are a lot of hits of "at a loss of words" on the web.

    Thank you

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    Re: at a loss of vs at a loss for

    "I'm at a loss of words" is incorrect.

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    Re: at a loss of vs at a loss for

    Is it incorrect because 'loss of words' means 'losing words', which doesn't make sense?

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: at a loss of vs at a loss for

    It doesn't make sense and it isn't idiomatic.

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    #5

    Re: at a loss of vs at a loss for

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is it incorrect because 'loss of words' means 'losing words', which doesn't make sense?

    Not a teacher.
    You are absolutely right, Matthew. You can't lose words. And, of course, the expression is "at a loss for words" which means the person doesn't have any words.

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    #6

    Re: at a loss of vs at a loss for

    Most people would say "I am/was lost for words".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: at a loss of vs at a loss for

    Not in the US.

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