of my family gathering together around the dinner table

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jesusguime, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. jesusguime Banned

    Chinese
    My happiest recollections of Chinese New Year are of my family gathering together around the dinner table.


    Hi,
    Is the bolded of in the above optional? If not, what does it refer to? Thanks.
     
  2. baker589 Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    No, I don't think it is optional. It refers to the 'recollections'.
     
  3. jesusguime Banned

    Chinese
    Thanks, baker.
    But I cannot grasp the meaning of the "of" in question.
    Can it be replaced by "on" and "concerning?"
     
  4. baker589 Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    It could be replaced by 'concerning', although that is less idiomatic and slightly alters the meaning. I don't really know how to explain it to you, other than by rearranging the sentence:

    My family gathering together around the dinner table is one of my happiest recollections of the Chinese New Year.
     

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