Lovely community, when checking my review with the Grammarly Premium, in the sentence

'A Beautiful Mind' is a history about an extraordinary mathematician, John Nash.

it underlined about and instead suggested of.

Is history about also possible? Or history of is the only grammatically correct way?

Thanks in advance!

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    The phrase "a history of... somebody" is more natural, but you might say "a story about...something". I would add another suggestion and write "a history of the extraordinary mathematician, John Nash." Mar 25, 2020 at 20:08
  • Thanks for your comment! In a nutshell, you mean 'history about' is grammatically correct, but a bit unnatural? Mar 25, 2020 at 20:24
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    I like their suggestion, but as mentioned, prefer 'of the' because Nash is well known since the Russell Crowe movie. Mar 25, 2020 at 20:26
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    We cannot say for sure that it is grammatically incorrect to write 'history about', but sounds somewhat unnatural
    – DAF
    Mar 25, 2020 at 21:44
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    Some languages use the same word for history and story, but in English history has the distinct meaning of 'writing about the past'. There is, however, a tradition of using it in the title of a story about a person (now rather old-fashioned) - but it's always "The history of …" Mar 26, 2020 at 9:51


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