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why you add 'of' here

In the two sentences
"It asked questions—the kind a newspaper asks of public officials."
"That was the last time I saw of him."

Why you add "of" here when it can be dropped.

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Base language: Chinese (Mandarin)
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    Those sentences don't really make any sense, but I know what you mean.

    As in:

    It was the last I heard OF him.
    I've never heard OF her.

    In the sentences I've written above, OF has the same meaning as ABOUT.

    It was the last I heard ABOUT him.
    I've never heard ABOUT her.

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