Quoating from a Guardian article :

Thanks to multiculturalism, international movement and technological advances, many communities are now far more accepting of diversity

I assume General meaning of "many communities are now far more accepting of diversity" is nowadays communities are much willing to accept diversity . but , what is this permutation which makes feel accepting has a gerundish sense though it doesn't suit in context ?


accepting in this context is a participial adjective, describing "communities".

accepting (as a participial adjective) of diversity = open to diversity

  • Will participial adjective always have "of" in front of when coming with another adjective . Putting it differently , Is it a rule ?
    – Abbas
    Jun 5 '18 at 18:56
  • No, it's not a rule to use "of" after a participial adjective. There are participial adjectives like "accepting" where "of" is the appropriate preposition to use, though, An example with a different preposition using "interesting": "The biochemistry lecture was interesting to me." Jun 5 '18 at 19:00
  • So it's due to used participial adjective and needs memorising?
    – Abbas
    Jun 5 '18 at 19:56
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    Yes, at first. There might be general rules about which preposition to use, but (personally) I think time and effort would be better spent on reading and listening from a variety of sources to develop your own sense of which prepositions are appropriate for a given situation. Jun 5 '18 at 20:03
  • Thanks for letting me taking a fairly great deal of your time away by answering my questions !
    – Abbas
    Jun 5 '18 at 20:09

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