Which preposition should below sentence use and why?

In the given chart, we can observe cellular phone sales for four companies OR

In the given chart, we can observe cellular phone sales of four companies.

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  • Although it's not strictly incorrect, I object to your usage of 'below' as an adjective. See english.stackexchange.com/questions/609/…. – Jim Perris Feb 28 at 18:58
  • It would be good to know what you've done to try to work this out yourself. – SamBC Mar 1 at 21:30

Both sentences are correct, but the second sentence has a mistake in it. If you want to use "of", you need to add "the":

In the given chart, we can observe the cellular phone sales of four companies.

If you want to improve these sentences further in terms of style, you might want to change "In the given chart, we can observe ..." to "The given chart shows ...." This is less wordy and therefore stronger.

Also, stylistically, "The given chart" sounds slightly awkward to my ear. "The chart below," "The chart above," or "The attached chart" would be better. I would therefore recommend:

The chart below shows cellular phone sales for four companies.


The chart below shows the cellular phone sales of four companies.

I have a slight preference for the latter, since there is some ambiguity in the former as to who is doing the selling.

  • Welcome to English language learners. I'm not sure you are really clearly answering the question that was asked. The questioner asked which preposition to use and why, and you spend more time discussing entirely different wording. In essence you are saying "either version is fine, but I prefer the second", but you don't specifically say that anywhere. So I would perhaps edit to say that very clearly. – fred2 Mar 1 at 1:36
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    Thanks for the feedback. I will try to make my answer more clear. – hguler Mar 1 at 2:10

Your first example is acceptable and quite common, with 'for' meaning 'with respect to' or 'concerning'.

Your second example is more correct, with 'of' meaning 'relating to' or 'belonging to'.

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