We know that "of" has different usages. I'm wondering when a native English speaker reads the sentence

One point of physics should be mentioned.

without any further context, what "one point of physics" means to him/her. Is its meaning unambiguous?

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Out of context, it is not clear what "point of physics" means. If I jumped into the middle of a conversation and heard just this sentence, I would assume the speaker was offering a justification for studying physics (honestly, I'd probably judge his meaning by his appearance).

One point of physics ?=? One reason why physics is valuable to know/study.

It is also possible that the speaker is using "point" as a loose synonym for "concept" or "result".

One point of physics is that mass does not affect acceleration due to gravity.

In fact, the second explanation was my first instinct though upon further reflection, I believe the first is more likely.

  • Thanks. Can it also mean a little bit of physics? Or some discussion related to physics? – apadana Oct 12 '17 at 13:41
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    "little bit": No it can't. I do not think "point" can refer to a small amount. It more closely means "a small physical area". Something like, "a point of the mountain has coal buried beneath the surface." might be acceptable but it would definitely be more appropriate to say, "a point on the mountain..." I'm also not certain how "some discussion related to physics" can ever be implied by "point of physics." – G-Cam Oct 12 '17 at 13:52

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