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Definiteness in the {container} of {contents} construction

Let’s imagine the following situation: my friend gave me yesterday books. I put them into a box. Now, I have noticed that we should name the box as the box of books that my friend gave me not as ...
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“the … of a” classifying expressions

On p. 62 of the 2nd edition of Practical English Usage, M. Swan writes: 68 articles (8): special rules and exceptions 4 the ... of a ... In classifying expressions of this kind, the first ...
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Definite or indefinite articles before of phrases

What is the rule for using determiners before of phrases. I have a feeling of safety. You can use the functions of panning and tilting, too. Why first phrase has before feeling indefinite ...
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The definite article before the word “consistency” and “of”

Do I need to use "the" in the following sentence? Here goes: "we need the consistency of performance." What I saw is that usually "the" is dropped before the word, but I cannot get a handle why....
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which phrase is right ,“perform type” or “perform analysis”?

When reading a book about Algorithms, I meet one sentence: We will demonstrate how to perform this type of running-time analysis to recursive algorithms. Here is my question: this type should be ...
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“great help” vs “of great help”

From this book: The aura of success that results from high quality care is of great help. I also found the sentence: You are great help to me. in the Longman dictionary. Can I change this ...
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Our space is (of) three dimensional

I think I have seen both Our space is three dimensional. Our space is of three dimensional. Are these both correct? If so what is the difference between them?
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Is “the” necessary in “the number of the nodes”, “the list of the handles” and similar phrases?

I wrote: In this formula, the number of the nodes is multiplied by (H + P) because for each node, it is checked against the list of the handles, and if a match is found, a pattern is retrieved from ...
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The use of the preposition “OF” in a sentence

While I was reading news, I came across a sentence in which I couldn't understand the use of the preposition 'of'. A state owned cooperative society has been accused of having defrauded scores ...
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Use of “the” before the first part of Of-phrases

There is a similar question with a similar title, however it then focused on two specific examples. The main question is when we should use "the" before an Of-phrase. Is "the" used for the first ...
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Definite article in Of-phrases

I wrote: A rule is matched based on the properties of the current node and the current values of context variables. context variables are specific, then I thought it must be: ... the current ...
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How should I understand 'of' here?

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. - John Milton, "Paradise Lost" In the above quotation, how should I understand the 'make a heaven of hell'? Is it ...
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ING-gerund VS --OF— noun phrase

I have a question about the interchangeability of the ing-gerund and the -of- noun phrase. Take the phrases "murdering a man" and "the murder of a man": 1a ..arrested [somebody] on suspicion of ...
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The function of a preposition “of” in this sentence

I came across the sentence "A bird came flying that was of pure gold." I heard that "linking verb + of " become adjective. Is this right? And is "of" necessary for this sentence? I think the word "...
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'Of' versus 'for' used in a catch phrase 'love of learning' or 'love for learning'? [closed]

Which would be appropriate for use as a catch phrase 'love of learning' or 'love for learning'? The catch phrase would be included as part of core values in the word L O V E.
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Using “of” for adjective constructions

The algorithm has O(N) time-complexity. It seems I can write the above sentence as: The algorithm has the time-complexity of O(N) In general, in what cases can I use "of" to rephrase an adjective ...