Weapons of/with unprecedented destructive power

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LastLight

Senior Member
German
Hi, should with or of be used in this case?
Really not much else to add, I know of constructions such as “a man of great strength” so I was wondering if that same structure extends to other contexts as well or if it is a set phrase.
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    There is a related set phrase: weapons of mass destruction. This, of course, has a different construction from your own phrase, describing a capability of the weapons rather than something they possess, but I think it is close enough that people may wonder what point you are trying to make if you use "with".

    Quite honestly, it can be quite difficult deciding whether "with" or "of" is best in this sort of situation, and without the widespread use of "weapons of mass destruction", I would have said that either is fine.
     
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