faculty <for/of> gathering information

Chinese & English
#1
My teacher said Mary had a great faculty for gathering information.
but i think it's okay to use of like "she has a faculty of gathering information"

Shall i use "for", or both "for" and "of" are okay. And i wanna know why.

Thanks!!!!!
 

timpeac

Senior Member
English (England)
#2
My teacher said Mary had a great faculty for gathering information.
but i think it's okay to use of like "she has a faculty of gathering information"

Shall i use "for", or both "for" and "of" are okay. And i wanna know why.

Thanks!!!!!
When it means "aptitude" "faculty for" sounds correct to me. We talk of "faculty of xyz" when we are talking about departments of a university or similar. For example "he is head of the faculty of Oriental Studies".
 
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