Would the use of the preposition "of" in the middle of the following sentence (I imagine I'm using the passive voice for emphasis) be acceptable?

That's the only way you know X (of) because you're not familiarized with Y

where X is the noun/pronoun, and Y would be the rest of the sentence.

I do understand that in many cases, usage of "of" would not be necessary and the sentence would just be valid (that's why I wrote the preposition between parentheses), however when used as a figure of speech or for dramatic purposes/emphasis, like in:

The only way you know me of is through violence

As in, the only way you got to know about "me", or so that "me" in the sentence was only heard "through violence". Would that be correct? Thank you!

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    Do you mean to put the "(of)" after X? Because I cannot think of an example of that which would be grammatical. Certainly The only way you know me of is through violence is not grammatical, in any variety of English that I can think of. Or did you mean by? The only way you know me by is ... is grammatical, though awkward.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Jun 17, 2023 at 21:01
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    As Colin Fine suggests, we say "you know of X", not "you know X of", so it's not clear why you want to put of after X.
    – stangdon
    Commented Jun 17, 2023 at 22:31
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    Unless you can explain why you think that placing "of" there might be acceptable, I don't see why this question would be on-topic. Commented Jun 18, 2023 at 0:43
  • "of" is a preposition, which means it has to have a noun complement. Do you think "because" is a noun?
    – gotube
    Commented Jun 19, 2023 at 19:29
  • No. You can't use "of" in those sentences. It doesn't make sense.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jun 19, 2023 at 19:45


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