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    Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    Sorry for my title - It should be: Does "of" have the meaning of "about"?
    Hello, I have seen in the past many places who wrote "of" and they had the same meaning of "about".

    Please help me to understand this:
    Three catastrophic events in China were responsible(the situation of more deaths than births):
    1. The criticism of Ma Yinchu made it impossible to implement family planning.
    My note: Ma Yinchu is the person who thought about the idea of "one child" to every family.
    So It seems odd to me that the person who thought about the idea of "family planning" has criticism on himself.

    So in other words: the sentence can be changed to this? The criticism about/on(someone criticized) Ma Yinchu made it impossible to implement family planning?

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    1. The criticism of Ma Yinchu made it impossible to implement family planning.
    My note: Ma Yinchu is the person who thought about the idea of "one child" to every family.
    He thought about over-poulation in China. He thought of the One Child policy

    So in other words: the sentence can be changed to this? The criticism about/on(someone criticized) Ma Yinchu made it impossible to implement family planning?
    No. The correct preposition is 'of'.

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    Can you please tell me if the criticism was against Ma Yinchu or or that he criticized?

    I didn't understand because he thought about the One Child policy= family planning. He thought about the idea of family planning, So, why did he criticize himself? I know that I have misunderstanding.
    By the way: I am reading what you wrote and I understand it as the same meaning "about".
    What is the difference between "of" and "about"?
    Last edited by captain1; 08-Dec-2015 at 19:19.

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    "The criticism of XXX" means that criticism was levelled/aimed at that person. It does not mean that that person criticised anything.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    1. The criticism of Ma Yinchu made it impossible to implement family planning.

    This means that somebody criticised Ma Yinchu.

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    so here, Does someone have a criticism on Ma Yinchu?
    Just want to summarize this post.
    Thanks

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    Why did you delete the post I responded to and then re-submit it? you have made my response come before the question!

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    You're right. I am sorry.I had wanted to remove it and open a new theard about of and about but than I have saw your answer. and because that I wrote my question again.

    I want to take the stage for understanding something.

    What is the difference between "of" and "about".
    Last edited by captain1; 08-Dec-2015 at 20:27.

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    WE don't say 'criticism about'. See this Ngram.

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    Re: Is "of" has the meaning of "about"

    It creates a problem, how do you know if the criticism is against someone or if someone has the criticism?

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