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    #1

    About or of?

    Hi,

    1. Which one (about/of) is correct for the sentence: Did they warn you ( ) trying that?
    I thought of was correct but the test answer says about is right. Why?

    2. In the sentence: You have to be over to see this film, does the 'over' have a sense of come or go or both?

    3. In the sentence: They were drying at above/over 100 miles an hour, why over is better than above or even above is wrong?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Haihao; 01-Dec-2006 at 03:59.

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    #2

    Re: About or of?

    1 We don't say warn of + gerund; we use about.
    2 This sounds weird- is there a number missing- over 18?
    3 I'd use 'over' with most figures.


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    Re: About or of?

    Thank you again, Mr Tdol.

    I don't think a number is missing. In fact they are all on this site. (quizzes: preposition)

    https://www.usingenglish.com/members/quizzes/412.html

    haihao (Mr)

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    Re: About or of?

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    I'd say there is a typo in that test question, Haihao.
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    It would be typical to say "You have to be over 18" (older than 18).
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    #5

    Re: About or of?

    Thank you, Philly. It's convincing and satisfactory.

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    #6

    Re: About or of?

    (also esp US around) a little more or less than; a little before or after; approximately
    the result i found is about "about"

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    Re: About or of?

    Hi chenfan
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    Yes, if you want to say how old you think someone is, you can say "about 18" (you think is 18 or a little more or a little less than 18).
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    However, there are sometimes laws that require someone to be a certain age or older before they are permitted to do something. If someone must be older than 18 in order to do something legally (such as watch an "adult" film at a movie theater), then you would say that the person must be "over 18".
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    Re: About or of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Haihao View Post
    Thank you again, Mr Tdol.

    I don't think a number is missing. In fact they are all on this site. (quizzes: preposition)

    https://www.usingenglish.com/members/quizzes/412.html

    haihao (Mr)
    Thanks for spotting that- there was a number missing.

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