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    #1

    opposite of? to?

    Hi,
    Please, which is correct:
    1. Itís just the opposite of what I meant.
    2. Itís just the opposite to what I meant.

    TIA

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    #2

    Re: opposite of? to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Please, which is correct:
    1. It’s just the opposite of what I meant.
    2. It’s just the opposite to what I meant.

    TIA
    They are both fine, but "opposite of" is grammatically more correct.


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    Re: opposite of? to?

    Thanks, Harry.
    As I was not sure of the correctness of your answer, I searched the Net and now I know:
    the opposite of
    is opposite to
    So #1 is correct, really.

    Regards

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    #4

    Re: opposite of? to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Thanks, Harry.
    As I was not sure of the correctness of your answer, I searched the Net and now I know:
    the opposite of
    is opposite to
    So #1 is correct, really.

    Regards
    Sometimes it's better to pronounce the sentence to be sure if it is correct or not. Don't you think so?


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    #5

    Re: opposite of? to?

    Many of us do so, but it isn't always helpful.

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    Re: opposite of? to?

    In addition, there seems to be a pattern here.

    'the' appears to co-occur with 'of', but not 'to':

    (i) the opposite of something
    (ii) opposite to something.

    Ex: There is no established opposite to the word exceed, and it is quite often ...

    Ex: What is the word that describes when two words that mean the opposite of each ...


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    #7

    Re: opposite of? to?

    Thank you, Cas.

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    Re: opposite of? to?

    You're welcome, Humble.

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