Hi, just two corrections, 'the' should be 'that' as you're referring to a specific place (you can't mean everywhere) 'in the night' it sounds better with 'at'...1. It is of great danger to go to that area without a bodyguard at night.
2. It is very dangerous to go to that area without a bodyguard at night.
What is the difference between the two?
1. It is of great danger to go to the area without a bodyguard in the night.
2. It is very dangerous to go to the area without a bodyguard in the night.
I reckon No.1 implies a little more formality.
No, those are not idiomatic.Thank you, Alxmrphi.
9. Those ancient constructions were of splendid height.
10. Those ancient constructions were splendidly high.
Are Those idiomatic?
Or you don't say 'splendidly high'?
Thanks in advance.
I absolutely agree. To say "These sewing machines are of great use" or "All of these blocks must be of the same colour" is grammatically correct but not idiomatic. This use might be appropriate in certain writings but sound stilted and old-fashioned in speech.Taked --
Of all the sentences you have listed, I would chose the adjectival form as opposed to the "be of" form. While some of the "be of" forms may be grammatically correct, most of them sound incorrect and none of them sound markedly better than the adjectival forms. Some of them sound pretentious rather than just formal.
As an added bonus, it will make it easier for you.
possess intrinsically; give rise to
13-A.This work is of great interest and value 13-B.This work is greatly interesting and valuable.
14-A.This is a matter of importance. 14-B.This is an important matter.
15-A."It is true of every case." 15-B."It is true in every case."
(Source:Oxford Dictionary, Doosan English-Korean dictionary)
I think this is it in a nutshell.Some nouns are used with 'of' to act as adjectives, some just aren't, however syntactically correct that usage would be.
I think you are right and very logical.Maybe that's one logical way of looking at it: a wall intrinsically has a height, so "a wall of height" does not give any extra information about the wall, while "a high wall" implies the height is above average.
On the other hand, "of value" might work with about anything (especially in our materialistic culture where about anything can be sold or deemed useless ).
Yes, it's (2): To describe someone as having "a heart of gold" is very idiomatic. It's virtually a 'set phrase'.That being said, I wonder which of the two sentences is more idiomatic.
1. She has a golden heart.
2. She has a heart of gold.
I guess "of gold" would work as well as "of value".