The sequel improves a few aspects of its predecessor.

The sequel improves a few aspects from its predecessor

Which sentence is grammatically correct? Is there a difference between the meaning of these sentences?

  • You didn't ask this, but, "The sequel improves on a few aspects..." is correct
    – gotube
    Jun 12 at 21:55
  • sequel of what? A movie? Because the earlier thing is not a predecessor.
    – Lambie
    Jun 12 at 22:09
  • I might use compared to.
    – randomhead
    Jun 12 at 22:20

The correct word is of. The aspects are things belonging to the predecessor. Well, that's not quite true, but there's no other way to explain it without using the word of. They're a part of it, they're properties of it... They are the predecessor's aspects.

I would have to say from is incorrect here. The aspects are an intrinsic part of (I can't avoid using that word) the predecessor; you cannot separate them.

Now, to gotube's comment above: whether improves a few aspects or improves on a few aspects is correct depends on what you mean. If the sequel does something similar to what the predecessor does, but better, then it improves on a few aspects. If the sequel actually makes several things about the predecessor itself better, then the phrase without on is correct: improves a few aspects.

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