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    What is the meaning of the "of"?

    Hi, everybody:
    What is the meaning of the "of" in the sentence "He was a man of
    extraordinary abilities"?

    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Smile Re: What is the meaning of the "of"?

    Quote Originally Posted by eagleflych View Post
    Hi, everybody:
    What is the meaning of the "of" in the sentence "He was a man of
    extraordinary abilities"?

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    In your example, it means that the man possessed extraordinary abilities.

    He was a man who possessed extraordinary abilities.

    He was a man with extraordinary abilities.

    Similar to:

    He was a man capable of extraordinary accomplishments.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: What is the meaning of the "of"?

    He has these abilities.

    He can be described as possessing them.

    She was a woman of great beauty -- She was a beautiful woman.

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