four elements to a proposal

Lyfia

Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Hi all, I saw this as an example sentence in the online Oxford Dictionary:
there are four elements to the proposal
Are "to" and "of" used interchangeably, or is "to" preferred here?
 
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    In those threads SDG makes an excellent point:

    If you say there are four elements to the proposal, you make clear that the whole proposal consists of the four elements.

    If you talk about four elements of the proposal, you suggest that there are other elements which you are not talking about.
     
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