I have found some sentence starting with OF, but these are for plural subjects.

e.g. Of the model reconstruction approaches using image data, data-driven categories, on the contrary, perform well for complex objects.

now my question is can I use Of for the singular subjects. if I say you my idea:

Of the reconstruction scheme presented by ABC (2010), the extracted intersection lines are used for model reconstruction.

Since I am not sure whether Of in this case is valid, please let me know how the sentence can be improved.

PS: I want to use OF because in my report, in somewhere in upper paragraphs I have mentioned this ABC's method. Without giving reference to the above paragraph now I want to describe his method in detail.

All comments are welcome.

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The word of is used with plural subject, because we are generally referring to one of many.

Of all the reasons I declined the job offer, location was the biggest deal-breaker.

(There were several reasons, but I am focusing on one of those reasons.)

In the sentence you've quoted, the preposition you want to use is in:

In the reconstruction scheme presented by ABC, the extracted intersection lines are used for model reconstruction.

  • 1
    There is the edge case where you can say: Of X, I will say Y. But I suppose that's not that this question.
    – jimsug
    Jun 3, 2014 at 11:12
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    @jimsug - I see what you mean. In that context, of is roughly the same as about.
    – J.R.
    Jun 3, 2014 at 13:24
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    Of that usage, no more needs to be said.
    – Jay
    Jun 3, 2014 at 13:46

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