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how to understand the phrase"be of+ noun"? I know that be of noun is equal the adjective of noun, just like this book is of little value, is equal this book is valueless, so does it mean be of equal has, I mean it seems this book has little value also can express the same meaning.
Nov 4, 2016 12:29 AM
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I'm not sure I understand your question but I'll try to answer anyway. You're suggesting that "be of" = "has" and you're asking if this generally true? No, I don't think so. Consider "This is a book of great importance" = "This book has great importance". That doesn't sound quite right to my native ears but maybe it's okay. So then lets consider "This book is of a type that we have not yet seen" = "This book has a type that we have not yet seen". These meanings are not the same.
November 4, 2016
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