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    Hi,
    I met a sentence, my wife and I lived in the bustling eastern Chinese city of Nanjing with our 18-month-old son Benjamin. The usage of the word 'of' surprised me. I used to say my wife and I lived in the bustling eastern Chinese city, Nanjing.
    Could you give some details about this? Thanks


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    Re: of

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwei View Post
    Hi,
    I came across[met] a sentence, my wife and I lived in the bustling eastern Chinese city of Nanjing with our 18-month-old son Benjamin. The usage of the word 'of' surprised me. I used to say my wife and I lived in the bustling eastern Chinese city, Nanjing.
    Could you give some details about this? Thanks
    Note that we don't use 'meet' in this type of situation, Wuwei. 'came across/happened upon/... is what you want.

    There's not much to say about the 'of' thingy except that it's a very natural collocation. Try googling "[country name] + city + of" to see just how common it is.


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    Re: of

    Thanks for your correction, Riverkid,
    I have googled and found it is not common to say like that, so far as I know, 'of' usually be used in affiliation, for example, something of sb's, and never find the usage like that, is it grammatical?
    Thanks


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    Re: of

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwei View Post
    Thanks for your correction, Riverkid,
    I have googled and found it is not common to say like that, so far as I know, 'of' usually be used in affiliation, for example, something of sb's, and never find the usage like that, is it grammatical?
    Thanks
    It's perfectly grammatical and natural, Wuwei.

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    Re: of

    Thanks, Riverkid

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