Most (of)

TitoBr

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Hi there!

I know that the sentence below does not need the preposition "of". What I do not know is how to explain why it does not belong there.

Most of plants have flowers.

I believe this mistake is made because most of the times, most is followed by this preposition, right? Which argument could I give to explain that "of" is not needed in the sentence above?

Cheers,
Tito
 

Tdol

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It would work if we knew which plants and said most of the plants.
 

Roman55

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Exactly. You're referring to plants in general, not specific ones.
 

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1. most plants (correct)
2. most of plants (wrong)
3. most of the plants (correct)

1. and 3. have a slightly different meaning because of "the".
 
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