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    done a great job looking after her residents

    On Lee Hsien Loong's Facebook Page, he says:

    Spent the morning enjoying Jalan Kayu Day with Intan Mokhtar and her residents. Had a fun time at the games and activity booths, specially set up for the occasion!

    What brings a community together is not just bonding activities, but shared goals and a concern for one another. Today we launched the Jalan Kayu Child Development Account Top up Scheme, which will help low-income families build up a nest egg for their little ones.

    Intan has done a great job looking after her residents. My thanks to her, and the sponsors that made today possible! Happy to see the strong community spirit in Jalan Kayu! LHL
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    Does the sentence mean 'Intan has done a great job (of) looking after her residents.'? Or is 'looking after her residents' in apposition to 'a great job'?
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    A great job of looking after her residents.
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    But why does he omit 'of'?
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    I would not omit 'of'.
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The sentence is possible with or without 'of'.
    Could you tell me more?
    I can't find this usage (omit 'of') in the dictionary.
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    Without 'of', 'looking after' is a present participle modifying the subject 'Intan', but I still prefer not to omit 'of'.
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Intan has done a great job looking after her residents.
    I take it to mean 'While looking after her residents, Intan has done a great job.'
    'Has done' suggests a completed action, while 'looking after', a present participle here, suggests an ongoing action, so I think they do not match very well. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I take it to mean 'While looking after her residents, Intan has done a great job.'
    'Has done' suggests a completed action, while 'looking after', a present participle here, suggests an ongoing action, so I think they do not match very well. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    I think "looking after her residents" is a participial phrase modifying "job". The timing of the action of "looking after" is not relevant here.
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    How could a job look after people? It is the person who does the job looks after them.
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    Re: done a great job looking after her residents

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    How could a job look after people? It is the person who does the job looks after them.
    It is a job of looking after people.
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