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    Using OF in the expression of a quantity and its value

    Hello,

    I am in doubt when using "OF" in the expression of a quantity and its value:


    • ... the time step OF 0.1 s was used... vs. ... the time step 0.1 s was used... (I would use the former)
    • ... a sample heated up to the temperature OF 200 C was... vs. ...a sample heated up to the temperature 200 C was... (I would use the former)
    • ...the computational mesh with 100 thousand OF elements was... vs. ...the computational mesh with 100 thousand elements was... (I would use the latter)


    Is there any grammar rule for this? The quantity followed by its value = "OF" is used; the value followed by the quantity = "OF" is not used?

    Thank you for your answers/explanation!

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    Re: Using OF in the expression of a quantity and its value

    I believe you made the correct choice in every instance. However, for a rule let's wait for someone smarter than me to come along.


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    #3

    Re: Using OF in the expression of a quantity and its value

    Not that I'm necessarily smarter than Tarheel, but I concur that your choices are correct.

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    Re: Using OF in the expression of a quantity and its value

    I'm waiting a smart person to answer these question.
    Why the former is correct and latter is incorrect?

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    #5

    Re: Using OF in the expression of a quantity and its value

    Quote Originally Posted by lubajz View Post
    100 thousand elements
    I think it is correct because we would say '100 people' rather than '100 of people', but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    I'm waiting a smart person to answer these question.
    It sounds to me as if you were asking obtuse people like me to shut up.

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    Re: Using OF in the expression of a quantity and its value

    Matthew Wai,
    I'm not impolite. I want to know the answer and reason. I want to learn more.

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    #7

    Re: Using OF in the expression of a quantity and its value

    Any opinion/explanation of a teacher or of a native?

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    #8

    Re: Using OF in the expression of a quantity and its value

    The "why" questions are always the hardest to answer. This instance is an example of that. Perhaps additional context would have helped me come up with a rule or rules. Perhaps not.



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