Most Common English Words (no. 4)
The next word on the list of the most common English words is a preposition just like yesterday’s “to“. It’s also just a two-letter word: “of“.
“Of” is used to express the relationship between a whole and one of its parts.
- The window of his car is broken.
- Some of the pages of this book are gone.
It is also used to express an age or date.
- Today is the 17th of April.
- He is a boy of 6. (The boy is six years old.)
“Of” is also used to show ownership or relationships.
- The plays of Shakespeare are popular.
- She is a friend of my sister.
It can also mean “containing”.
- I have a bag of apples. (The bag contains apples.)
- Can I have a glass of milk?
Finally, “of” can be used to talk about the material that was used to build something.
- I live in a house made of bricks.
- This table is made of wood.
Prepositions like “of” and “to” can be confusing but they’re used to connect the words or phrases of a sentence together, so knowing how to use them can be very helpful.