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'oblivious to' and 'oblivious of'

when can use 'to' and 'of' with 'oblivious'?


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    I believe that you can arbitrarily use oblivious with either "to" or "of"

    He was oblivious to the smell of the dirty locker room.

    Oblivious of the fact that alligators were lurking, he went swimming in the pond.

    Dear Romulus,

    To my mind, only "oblivious to" is correct. Do you have any examples of "oblivious of"?


    Denis is correct. You will also see "oblivious" used as an adjective without "to" or "of", to mean "unaware of one's surroundings in general":

    "Mark's completely oblivious, so I probably have six months before he notices that I'm pregnant."

    Here are some fun idioms to mean the same:

    "He's oblivious."

    "She's an airhead."

    "He's a space cadet."

    "She's a space shot."

    "He's clueless" or "He hasn't got a clue." or "He has no clue."

    "She's blond." or "She's a blond." (whether she is or isn't)

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