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    #1

    about each of them

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) Of him we only have a photo.

    2) About each of them a few books have been written.

    3) Of each of these poems there are several interpretations.

    4) About each of these poems there are several interpretations.

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    #2

    Re: about each of them

    There is no reason to put the objects in front of the sentences. It is like putting the cart before the horse. It is wrong to me.
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    #3

    Re: about each of them

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1) Of him we only have a photo.

    2) About each of them a few books have been written.

    3) Of each of these poems there are several interpretations.

    4) About each of these poems there are several interpretations.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I would want a comma after the object, but they are NOT natural.
    The first would be used to separate "him" from others.
    We have hundreds of photos of Joe's sisters, but of him, we have only one photo. (Note my word order.)
    Or "We have had actual sightings of Smith's companions, but of Smith, we have only a photo." (No actual sighting.)

    The rest would be unlikely to be written or spoken.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: about each of them

    Yes, it would work if it is used only as the second part of a sentence, to zero in on an object after an overall description is given.
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    #5

    Re: about each of them

    And since the other three are all about "each of the [the things]" you are not specifying one over the others.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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