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    being of...

    Today I saw a definition of the word apocryphal which is defined as "being of questionable authenticity". I'm not used to this structure "being of...", what does it mean? Is is the same as "being questionable authenticity"?

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    Re: being of...

    Quote Originally Posted by kingtrn View Post
    Today, I saw a definition of the word "apocryphal" which is defined as "being of questionable authenticity". I'm not used to this structure- "being of." What does it mean?
    Think of "being" as "is" in the above.

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    Is is it the same as "being questionable authenticity"?
    No, it's not.

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    Re: being of...

    Thank you, could you please elaborate more in which aspect "is of questionable authenticity" is different from "is questionable authenticity"?
    For example: The news is apocryphal => The news is questionable authenticity / The news is of questionable authenticity.

    Is there any subtle difference in meaning?
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    Re: being of...

    Quote Originally Posted by kingtrn View Post
    "is of questionable authenticity"
    That means is characterized by questionable authenticity.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingtrn View Post
    "is questionable authenticity"?
    That's ungrammatical.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingtrn View Post
    The news is questionable authenticity.
    That's ungrammatical.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingtrn View Post
    The news is of questionable authenticity.
    That's okay.

    Note that the collocation "being questionable authenticity" is unusual but possible.

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    Re: being of...

    Or

    The authenticity of the news is questionable.

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