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of(ŭv, ŏv; əv when unstressed)
of(ɒv; unstressed əv)
of1(ʌv, ɒv; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə)
auxiliary v. Nonstandard.
Of is used for showing possession. It can also be used to show other types of relationship between people or things.
You can use of in front of a possessive pronoun such as mine, his, or theirs. You do this to show that someone is one of a group of people or things connected with a particular person. For example, instead of saying 'He is one of my friends', you can say 'He is a friend of mine.'
You can use of like this in front of other possessives.
The 's is sometimes omitted, especially in American English.
Don't use 'of' in front of a personal pronoun such as 'me', 'him', or 'them'. Don't say, for example, 'the sister of me'. Instead you use a possessive determiner such as my, his, or their.
You don't usually use 'of' in front of short noun phrases. Instead you use 's or the apostrophe '. For example, instead of saying 'the car of my friend', you say 'my friend's car'.
You can sometimes use of and a noun phrase to describe something, instead of using an adjective and a grading adverb. For example, instead of saying that something is 'very interesting', you can say that it is of great interest. This is a rather formal use.
When you use an adjective to comment on an action, you can put of and a pronoun after the adjective. The pronoun refers to the person who has performed the action. For example, you can say 'That was stupid of you'.
Don't talk about a book 'of' a particular author, or a piece of music 'of' a particular composer. Instead, use by.
Similarly, you use by to indicate who painted a picture. A picture of a particular person shows that person in the picture.
You can talk about the capital of a country, state, or province.
However, don't talk about a town or village 'of' a particular country or area. Instead, use in.
You also use in, rather than 'of', after superlatives. For example, you talk about 'the tallest building in Europe'. Don't say 'the tallest building of Europe'.
of[ɒv, əv] PREP
the house of my uncle → la casa de mi tío
the love of God → el amor de Dios
a friend of mine → un amigo mío
it's no business of yours → aquí no te metas, no tienes que ver con esto
hatred of injustice → odio a la injusticia
love of country → el amor a la patria
a pound of flour → una libra de harina
how much of this do you need? → ¿cuánto necesitas de eso?
there were four of them → eran cuatro
all of them → todos ellos
of the 12, two were bad → de los 12, dos estaban pasados
you of all people ought to know → debieras saberlo más que nadie
most of all → sobre todo, más que nada
we're the best of friends → somos muy (buenos) amigos
the book of books → el libro de los libros
king of kings → rey de reyes
out of fear → por temor
out of anger → de rabia
of itself → de por sí
of necessity → por necesidad
to die of pneumonia → morir de pulmonía
it was rude of him to say that → fue de mala educación que dijese eso
it was nice of him to offer → fue muy amable ofreciéndose
that was very kind of you → fue muy amable de su parte
the City of New York → la ciudad de Nueva York
a boy of eight → un niño de ocho años
a man of great ability → un hombre de gran talento
that idiot of a minister → ese idiota de ministro
by the name of Green → llamado Green
a real palace of a house → una casa que es un verdadero palacio
a tragedy of her own making → una tragedia que ella misma había labrado, una tragedia de su propia cosecha
bright of eye → de ojos claros
hard of heart → duro de corazón
what do you think of him? → ¿qué piensas de él?
what of it? → ¿y a ti qué (te) importa?, ¿y qué?
south of Glasgow → al sur de Glasgow
it's a quarter of six (US) → son las seis menos cuarto, falta un cuarto para las seis (LAm)
he died of a Friday (frm) → murió un viernes
it was fine of a morning → por la mañana hacía buen tiempo
of[ˈɒv](STRONG) [əv] prep
some photos of my holiday → des photos de mes vacances
That's very kind of you → C'est très gentil de votre part.
of the (when the French noun is masculine singular) → du
the end of the film → la fin du film; (when the French noun is plural) → des
the end of the holidays → la fin des vacances
a friend of ours → un de nos amis
a friend of mine → un de mes amis
a boy of ten → un garçon de dix ans
a kilo of oranges → un kilo d'oranges
He's got four sisters. I've met two of them → Il a quatre sœurs. J'en ai rencontré deux.
Can I have half of that? → Je peux en avoir la moitié?
How much of this do you need? → Combien vous en faut-il?
How many guns? - There were three of them → Combien d'armes? - Il y en avait trois
three of us → trois d'entre nous
Three of us went → Trois d'entre nous y sont allés.
a quarter of 4 (US) → 4 heures moins le quart
It's made of wood → C'est en bois.
the house of my uncle → la casa di mio zio
the love of God → l'amore di Dio
a friend of mine → un mio amico
that was very kind of you → è stato molto carino da parte tua
free of charge → gratis
the 5th of July → il 5 luglio
loss of appetite → perdita dell'appetito
south of Glasgow → a sud di Glasgow
a quarter of 4 (Am) (time) → le 4 meno un quarto
the City of New York → la città di New York
a boy of 8 → un ragazzo di 8 anni
a man of great ability → un uomo di grande abilità
that idiot of a minister → quell'idiota di ministro
of necessity → necessariamente, per necessità
to die of pneumonia → morire di polmonite
made of steel → (fatto/a) di or in acciaio
how much of this do you need? → quanto te ne serve?
a kilo of flour → un chilo di farina
a handful of coins → una manciata di monete
there were four of us → eravamo in quattro
four of us went → quattro di noi sono andati
there were four of them (people) → erano in quattro (things) → ce n'erano quattro