i am always not so certain when i am to use "of" in these situations:
1. Both answers are correct but they are of different meanings.
2. It is of my great pleasure to have you as my guest.
(but you can simply say it's my great pleasure right?)
are the above sentences correct actually??
i can't think of any more sentences right now.. but i thought using the "of" this way is kinda cool... can anyone please tell me HOW i should use it and offer some examples too??
THANKS a lot!
Both answers are correct, but they have different meanings.
It is my great pleasure...
"Of", like any other word, is only cool when it is used correctly.
Of has almost too many uses to list. I'll give the page from AHD:
of (ŭv, ŏv; əv when unstressed)
- Derived or coming from; originating at or from: customs of the South.
- Caused by; resulting from: a death of tuberculosis.
- Away from; at a distance from: a mile east of here.
- So as to be separated or relieved from: robbed of one's dignity; cured of distemper.
- From the total or group comprising: give of one's time; two of my friends; most of the cases.
- Composed or made from: a dress of silk.
- Associated with or adhering to: people of your religion.
- Belonging or connected to: the rungs of a ladder.
- Possessing; having: a person of honor.
- On one's part: very nice of you.
- Containing or carrying: a basket of groceries.
- Specified as; named or called: a depth of ten feet; the Garden of Eden.
- Centering on; directed toward: a love of horses.
- Produced by; issuing from: products of the vine.
- Characterized or identified by: a year of famine.
- With reference to; about: think highly of her proposals; will speak of it later.
- In respect to: slow of speech.
- Set aside for; taken up by: a day of rest.
- Before; until: five minutes of two.
- During or on a specified time: of recent years.
- By: beloved of the family.
- Used to indicate an appositive: that idiot of a driver.
- Archaic. On: “A plague of all cowards, I say” (Shakespeare).
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