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I saw this sentence in an essay:

Children’s cognitive development is on the preoperational stage, so they cannot consider as logical and judge of dangerous events.

I would say "judge sth" or "judge sth on sth" but never heard of "judge of sth" (where judge is a verb and not a noun), so I looked up on some dictionaries and the internet but could not find reliable sources.

If this is a legit usage of judge as a verb, can you explain and give some examples?

And I also want to ask about the phrase “as logical” in the above sentence but that would be another question. But I don't mind if you also explain this :) I don't quite get it. Does it mean “as logical as adult” or simply “logically”, or is it wrong?

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judge of character –  Frank Jul 20 '14 at 8:43
What makes you think it can or cannot? What prior research of your own have you done to try to answer the question before asking here? –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 20 '14 at 10:53
Frank: that's the noun "judge", which is not what the question was about. –  Colin Fine Jul 20 '14 at 11:55
I don't know why two people have downvoted: this seems quite unwarranted, particularly since the answer to the question is "yes" (see my answer), but several people are insisting on answering "no" or answering a different question. –  Colin Fine Jul 20 '14 at 12:03
@ColinFine I downvoted because of the way the question was asked, with no context or indication of any prior research; not so much because of the actual question itself. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 20 '14 at 12:12

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To answer the question (as opposed to telling you about the noun, which you didn't ask about), yes the verb "judge" can be construed with of, but the OED describes it as "now somewhat rare". It gives examples from 1534 to 1999, of which the most recent is

At the time of writing (1999) it is too early to judge of its [sc. the development's] ultimate impact on the Medway scene.

There is one fairly common literary idiom where it occurs: "Judge of my delight, when ...".

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For a recent and more pop-culture reference (the only one I can think of, having never heard “Judge of my delight when…”), compare Michael Jackson’s song Who Is It? (1991): “Don’t you judge of my composure ’cause I’m lying to myself…”. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 20 '14 at 12:10
Searching for it in Google gives a page of instances from Google books: it appears it is rather old fashioned. But it's what I immediately thought of. –  Colin Fine Jul 20 '14 at 12:14
Thanks Colin! As it is rare or old-fashioned, is it proper to use it in an essay? And for all those rare or old-fashioned expressions, are they proper to be used in formal writings? @Colin Fine –  Ivan4257 Jul 21 '14 at 11:26
I'm sorry, @user85614, I might have misled you. My comment about old-fashioned was about the idiom "Judge of my delight": when I looked in google books, I couldn't find any recent examples. But as I said, the OED has an example of judge of from 1999, and that was in normal prose. But in general it's impossible to answer your question. It depends on the style, the context, and what your assessors want. I once wrote an essay for my masters and used a word that was normal in the technical background I came from, but my tutor didn't know the word and said "What does this mean?" –  Colin Fine Jul 22 '14 at 0:06

The noun "judge" can be collocated with of, as you can see from the answers further up. However, the verb to judge does not collocate with of.

Perhaps you can have a look at below link for the different collocations and phrases you can have with either the noun or the verb.

Online OXFORD Collocation Dictionary :


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