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    TitoBr is offline Member
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    Most (of)

    Hi there!

    I know that the sentence below does not need the preposition "of". What I do not know is how to explain why it does not belong there.

    Most of plants have flowers.

    I believe this mistake is made because most of the times, most is followed by this preposition, right? Which argument could I give to explain that "of" is not needed in the sentence above?

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    Tdol is online now Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: Most (of)

    It would work if we knew which plants and said most of the plants.

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    Re: Most (of)

    Exactly. You're referring to plants in general, not specific ones.
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    Re: Most (of)

    1. most plants (correct)
    2. most of plants (wrong)
    3. most of the plants (correct)

    1. and 3. have a slightly different meaning because of "the".
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