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    much or much of

    Hello,

    I run across the following sentence in a grammar book.

    "We acquire much of knowledge through reading."

    I don't understand why the sentence uses of between much and knowledge. When we use knowledge in a general sense, we say much knowledge. Am I mistaken?

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    Re: much or much of

    Please give the title and author of the grammar book.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: much or much of

    Building Skills for Proficiency by Cesur Öztürk

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    Re: much or much of

    Are you sure it doesn't say "We acquire much of our knowledge through reading." If it doesn't, it was probably meant to.

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    Re: much or much of

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    I run ran across the following sentence in a grammar book.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: much or much of

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    Building Skills for Proficiency by Cesur Öztürk
    Always tell us in post #1 the source and author of any text you quote, please.

    Cesur Öztürk may not be a native English speaker.

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    Re: much or much of

    I think the author is trying to use an understood or implied 'our' there. It took me a couple of tries to figure it out, but it seems clear enough in hindsight.

    However, I don't know that it works very well since I had to read it a few times to understand.
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    Re: much or much of

    Although not a native English speaker, Cesur Öztürk is a distinguished linguist in English. I have the very old edition of the book. So there might be minor mistakes.

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