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I am not really sure that I know how to use the words "that of".

I wrote this example:

Travelling long distances by plane is faster than that of train.

Is this okay?

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I would use the same preposition with prepositional phrases joined by than:

Travelling long distances by plane is faster than by train.

Though you could say:

The speed of a plane is faster than that of a train.

In the first example you are comparing prepositional phrases (by plane, by train). In the second one you are comparing the subject noun (speed),

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  • Did you accidentally hit submit before your answer was complete? It looks like the rest of the sentence should read something like ", with the speed of a train, with the pronoun that standing in for speed."
    – user230
    Nov 28, 2014 at 22:50

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