Given "the account that has the number 45823", can we replace the has with of to get "the account number of 45823"? And what about "the account of the number 45823"?

I could not find this in any dictionary.

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'Of' in that context does not mean what you want it to mean!
You can say: "the account number 45823", but saying "the account number of 45823" will not imply what you want it to.
Saying that would imply "the account number which is possessed by '45823'", which is not what you mean to say, is it?

Again, "the account of the number 45823" implies "the account which is possessed by the number 45823, which is not the case. It is the account which possesses the account number.

And why not 'has'? One meaning of 'has' is 'posesses'. So saying:

"The account which has the (account) number 45823..."

is correct.

  • @RegDwigнt Yeah, it isn't and I realised that it came out wrong while typing it. Which is why I edited it. :) Oct 10, 2013 at 11:22
  • @RegDwigнt what is the completeley different meaning?
    – Hawk
    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:24
  • @hawk I've edited my answer, the meaning is there :) Oct 10, 2013 at 11:24
  • @hawk these are all very basic questions that are better suited for our sister site for English Language Learners, which is where I am migrating this question now.
    – ЯegDwight
    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:25
  • @ЯegDwight still waiting for answer explains the difference between them
    – Hawk
    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:27

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