Grammar Patterns

N of n

N of n

N of n is a very frequent noun pattern in English. The lists below contain only nouns which are among the 5000 most frequently occurring nouns in the Bank of English.The noun is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of of and a noun group. With some nouns, the preposition of is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause or a wh-clause. These patterns are N of -ing and N of wh.
 Nounofnoun group/-ing clause/wh-clause
theadvantageofhaving many years' experience
thearrivalofthe refugees
anarticleofclothing
aboxofmatches
 detailsofhow it works
Many nouns that are typically or sometimes preceded by a possessive are sometimes used with the pattern N of n, especially if the noun group which refers to the person who has something is a long one, as in the grand-daughter of a very old friend of mine. See Section 15.Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'announcement' groupThe 'construction' groupThe 'love' groupThe 'diagram' groupThe 'sign' groupThe 'cause' and 'result' groupThe 'rise' and 'fall' groupThe 'flow' groupThe 'support' groupThe 'issue' groupThe 'magnitude' groupThe 'town' groupThe 'look' groupThe 'era' groupThe 'piece' groupThe 'gang' groupThe 'box' groupThe 'kilometre' groupThe 'fraction' groupThe 'percentage' groupThe 'article' groupThe 'sample' groupThe 'episode' groupThe 'rim' groupThe 'stage' groupThe 'extremes' groupThe 'architect' groupThe 'fragrance' groupThe 'mood' groupThe 'aim' groupThe 'site' groupThe 'thunder' groupThe 'possibility' groupThe 'shortage' groupThe 'type' groupThe 'mixture' groupThe 'way' groupThe 'giant' groupNouns with other meaningsOther related patterns

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