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    As Of

    I'm not an ESL student but happened upon this site and hope you can help me.

    I recently wrote a paper where I used the sentence "My dominant learning style is that of Word Smart." I've been told that using "that of" is incorrect. Can you venture an opinion or tell me the rule that would apply when using "that of"? Thank you very much

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    Re: As Of

    Although 'that of' in and of itself, is perfectly acceptable, e.g.

    The prosecution's case is just as strong as that of the defendant.

    it is rather redundant here, and could possibly be misconstrued as implying some kind kind of possessive relationship. Those are the only grounds that I can imagine for the objection to your sentence.


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