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    #1

    ignorant of VS ignorant about

    Here are two sentences from a dictionary:
    1. I am absolutely ignorant about what's happened to him later.
    2. I was ignorant of the terms used in business.
    Do the prepositions about and of interchangeable in these sentences and maybe in other contexts?

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    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    Sentence 1. is not good. Is this sentence really from a dictionary?

    Sentence 2. is good, and of is the best word to use (not about).

    To reiterate what I've advised you in the past: different prepositions have different uses. In some sentences two prepositions may be interchangeable but if you do change the word, then you essentially change the meaning of the sentence. You should focus on examples where the meaning is clear.

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    #3

    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    northpath, please name the dictionary you quoted from.

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    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    Can you give us the link to the dictionary from which 1 came, northpath?
    I believe "what's" should be "what".

    PS: Crossed with above.

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    #5

    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    I think later should be "lately". The sentence works with that correction.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    Ask Are the prepositions "about" and "of" interchangeable in these sentences and maybe in other contexts?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    They function similarly, however for a finer differentiation, I'd say:
    Ignorant of = No knowledge of a thing.
    Ignorant about = Lacking in areas of knowledge about a thing.

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    #8

    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    Initially, both sentences were from a good dictionary but I modified a bit the first one. I'm sorry.
    Last edited by northpath; 09-Sep-2016 at 19:59.

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    #9

    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    In future posts please specify the source and author (if known) of any text you quote.

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    Re: ignorant of VS ignorant about

    ... and try not to say you got it from a dictionary if you know you've changed it. But I think you've learnt that now.

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