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    When to use of

    Hello.

    When to use "of" in a sentence

    For example

    1-What do residents of Egypt eat?

    Or

    2-What do Egyptian residents eat?

    Another example

    3-I met my brother's neighbors.

    4-I met the neighbors of my brother.

    I do not know if "Egyptain" is a modifier and "residents" is a noun.

    I feel sentences 1-4 are the same.

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    Re: When to use of

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmvp View Post
    Hello.

    When to do we use "of" in a sentence?

    For example:

    1 - What do residents of Egypt eat? Or
    2 - What do Egyptian residents eat?

    Another two examples:

    3 - I met my brother's neighbors.
    4 - I met the neighbors of my brother.

    I do not know if "Egyptian" is a modifier and "residents" is a noun.

    I feel sentences 1-4 are the same. Sentences 1 to 4 are not the same. They are all different. Did you mean "Sentences 1 and 2 mean the same thing, and sentences 3 and 4 mean the same thing"?
    Note my corrections above.

    Are you sure you meant "residents" in 1 and 2? That just means everyone who currently lives in Egypt. That's an impossible question to answer, no matter how you word it. Both those sentences are grammatically correct and possible, though.

    Sentences 3 and 4 are grammatically correct but 4 is unnatural. No native speaker would use it. In that context, we'd use the possessive (sentence 3).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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