Does the preposition 'of' sound redundant in the following sentences:

  • Our forces destroyed two of enemy planes yesterday.
  • Our forces knocked out two of enemy plans yesterday.

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The word "of" is not simply redundant; it is incorrect. Either you can, as you suggest, remove "of":

  • Our forces destroyed two enemy planes yesterday.

Alternatively you could add a "the":

  • Our forces destroyed two of the enemy planes yesterday.

There is a subtle difference in meaning between the two. For instance, I would say that the second version suggests that the enemy had more than two planes before two of them were destroyed.

  • what about the second sentence "knocked out"?
    – A-friend
    Aug 3, 2016 at 10:20
  • A-friend - knocked out is simply jargon for shot down or destroyed. It can be used.
    – J.R.
    Aug 3, 2016 at 20:21

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