Are the following sentences correct? Is there any difference in meaning? Are they equally usual?

  • She lost her capacity/ability to read.
  • She lost her capacity/ability of reading.
  • She lost her capacity/ability for reading.

All of these are correct and meaning-equivalent:

She lost her capacity to read.

She lost her ability to read.

She lost her capacity for reading.

Do not use of with capacity unless you mean it in the sense of "the maximum amount that something can contain" or "the maximum amount something can produce".

Do not use of or for with ability.

  • (I think "ability for" may have some usage in some places - but it's certainly not as common as the others I give) – BadZen Dec 15 '19 at 19:04
  • Would the preposition choice be the same for the synonym "capability" ? Ex: She lost her capability for reading/of reading/to read. – Alan Evangelista Dec 15 '19 at 19:39
  • I'd prefer the infinitive: "She lost her capability to read" If using of with participle, I'd probably not use the possessive: "She lost the capability of reading" but would probably prefer "She became incapable of reading" I would never say "She lost her capability for reading", but I think there may be some use of this, just as for ability above. I might say "She has some capability for reading", but would probably prefer "She has some capability in reading" or "She has some reading capability" – BadZen Dec 15 '19 at 19:45

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