Retired English Teacher
How to distinguish the difference (if there is any) between 'gift of (doing) something' and 'gift for (doing) something'?
She has an exceptional gift of (or maybe still better, for) interpreting dreams.
Last edited by engee30; 07-Jun-2007 at 18:58.
I think my observation last night was right. The definite article calls for of; but it's not a rule you have to learn - it's just that when you're talking about a specific gift, you must link it to an action with the specific preposition of: The gift of doing something.
Similarly, when you're not being specific - and using an indefinite article - you use the less specific preposition for. When you have 'a gift for something' it isn't necessarily always apparent: 'That's strange - he usually has a gift for dealing with older women.'
That's the way I see it anyway.... Perhaps others may have a different view.
To add anything else, I need more context...