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A while back, the question was asked (and answered): Correct use of consist in / consist of.

I have a similar question:

Which of the following is correct:

"The objective of these lessons is to provide a solid foundation in the correct usage of prepositions."

vs.

"The objective of these lessons is to provide a solid foundation of the correct usage of prepositions."

EDIT: Here is the full context where I'm looking to select the right preposition:

"It is important that students understand the fundamental principles of manufacturing. The objective of the lessons is to provide a solid foundation [in/of] the science and techniques necessary for that understanding."

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How about 'foundation for ...'? –  Elberich Schneider Aug 19 '12 at 22:18
    
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If I had to choose one or the other, I'd select a solid foundation in, but like Régis Roux I'd prefer a solid foundation for. The lessons are providing a solid foundation upon which our further understanding of the correct usage of prepositions will rest. So the foundation is for them.

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Well, the actual sentence I was interested in was this: –  Rick O'Shey Aug 19 '12 at 22:58
    
It was part of the paragraph "It is important that students understand the fundamental principles of manufacturing. The objective of the lessons is to provide a solid foundation **in/of** the science and techniques necessary for that understanding." So the "for" is already there in the context you indicated. –  Rick O'Shey Aug 19 '12 at 23:09
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I'd write it this way: .."The objective of the lessons is to provide a solid foundation for the science and techniques necessary for that understanding." but the sentence is a bit of a mess. It's not very clear if the foundation is for the science or the techniques, and which of them are necessary for "that understanding" But I'd definitely use "for". –  Bob Aug 19 '12 at 23:15
    
Now that we have "in," "of", and "for," I'm wondering how to keep track of the proper usage for each. –  Rick O'Shey Aug 19 '12 at 23:17
    
@user25076 ... The Prepositio Book by Tom Cole is excellent book for starting in understanding of this matter! –  Elberich Schneider Aug 19 '12 at 23:29
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Solid foundation of hours of daily training, in general fitness, for military service.

foundation of [components of the foundation]
foundation in [domain of the foundation]
foundation for [purpose of the foundation].

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