Of with determiners

January 30, 2012pdf

Determiners like some, any, each, every, either, neither, all, both, much, many and most can be used directly before nouns, without of.

  • Have you got any sugar? (NOT Have you got any of sugar?)
  • Most people like children. (NOT Most of people like children.)

But if we want to put one of these determiners with an article, a possessive or a demonstrative, we have to use of.

Compare:

  • Some people want a new system. (NOT Some of people want a new system.)
  • Some of these people want a new system. (NOT Some these people want a new system.)
  • Each child needs education. (NOT Each of child needs education.)
  • Each of my children was given a toy. (NOT Each my children was given a toy.)
  • Neither answer is correct. (NOT Neither of answer is correct.)
  • Neither of these answers is correct. (NOT Neither these answers is correct.)

Notes

The determiners no and every are not used before of. Instead we use none and everyone.

  • He has no friends.
  • None of his friends remembered his birthday. (NOT No of his friends remembered his birthday.)
  • Every boy has handed in his work.
  • Every one of the boys has handed in his work. (NOT Every of the boys has handed in his work.)
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