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    Approve/ Approval

    Hello!

    I've just read in newsweek the following sentence:

    "A recent Pew poll shows 55% of U.S. Republicans approve of Israel's actions in Gaza"


    As far as I know "approve" is a verb as the correspondent noun is "approval", why was the first one used in the sentence???


    thanks a lot!

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    Re: Approve/ Approval

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    Hello!

    I've just read in newsweek the following sentence:

    "A recent Pew poll shows 55% of U.S. Republicans approve of Israel's actions in Gaza"


    As far as I know "approve" is a verb and the corresponding noun is "approval". So why was the first one used in the sentence???


    thanks a lot!
    Because you need a verb there.
    "... Republicans(noun) approve(verb)..."

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    Re: Approve/ Approval

    But the verb in this case would be "shows" because after the word "approve" we find "of" linked to what should be a noun ("approval") or is "of" used after the verb "approve"?

    I found this example:
    "The colonel or commanding officer approves the sentence of a regimental court-martial",
    not
    ""The colonel or commanding officer approves of the sentence of a regimental court-martial"

    Any idea?

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    Re: Approve/ Approval

    Shouldn't the sentence be:

    "A recent Pew poll shows 55% of U.S. Republicans approve Israel's actions in Gaza" (without the "of")

    for the right use of "approve" here?


    or then "A recent Pew poll shows 55% of U.S. Republicans approval of Israel's actions in Gaza"

    ?


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    Re: Approve/ Approval

    "A recent Pew poll shows 55% of U.S. Republicans approve of Israel's actions in Gaza"

    The first part of the sentence is simply an introductory statement showing where this fact was obtained, and could...could be omitted:

    "55% of U.S. Republicans approve of Israel's actions in Gaza"
    Compare

    "He sought(verb) the approval(noun - object of the sentence) of Congress to abolish..."

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    Re: Approve/ Approval

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    Hello!

    I've just read in newsweek the following sentence:

    "A recent Pew poll shows 55% of U.S. Republicans approve of Israel's actions in Gaza"


    As far as I know "approve" is a verb as the correspondent noun is "approval", why was the first one used in the sentence???


    thanks a lot!
    Yes, approve is a verb. Find the subject and verb in:

    Republicans approve of the action.

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    If I approve OF something, I think it's a good idea. I have an opinion.

    If I approve something (no "of") it means I have the power/the responsibility to say "yes" or "no" to something.


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    Re: Approve/ Approval

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    But the verb in this case would be "shows" because after the word "approve" we find "of" linked to what should be a noun ("approval") or is "of" used after the verb "approve"?

    I found this example:
    "The colonel or commanding officer approves the sentence of a regimental court-martial",
    not
    ""The colonel or commanding officer approves of the sentence of a regimental court-martial"

    Any idea?
    Yes, the verb of the sentence is shows. We changed the clause with approves into an independent sentence to show you that approve is being used correctly, as a verb.

    You're right. Approve of is accurate. Approve is wrong.


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    Re: Approve/ Approval

    marciobarbalhoIf I approve OF something, I think it's a good idea. I have an opinion.

    If I approve something (no "of") it means I have the power/the responsibility to say "yes" or "no" to something.


    Good distinction. Rounds* out the picture...if not, in fact, cutting to the chase and getting to the heart of the matter!

    * 'to round something out': make something more complete
    Last edited by David L.; 07-Mar-2009 at 18:21.

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