For all the English grammar my teacher taught me, the element put right behind the preposition 'of' can be:
1. a noun. The leg of the desk
2. gerund leading phrase which acts as a noun: The result of giving your children anything they want.
3. gerund leading phrase which starts with possessive pronoun: The good effect of my giving you aid in time.

However, recently I read such sentence structure behind the preposition 'of', for instance,

  • The spectacle of gunners using science of shatter men's body
  • The result of accumulated knowledge applied to practical life

The two examples above are not in the three conditions I know about the usage of preposition 'of'.

Can anybody analyze the grammar for me?? I make the following sentences when I try to imitate the example, and please see if they are right or not.

  • The consequence of the troops occupying the abandoned factory
  • The finding of Gus abducted and sent to an unknown place 10 years ago
  • You need to modify your title to Can a phrase which includes a past participle be put right behind the preposition 'of'?, either this way or another. Dec 8, 2014 at 7:24

1 Answer 1


You were lied to.

All prepositional phrases start with a preposition and are followed to their right by an arbitrary noun phrase, not merely by a noun. There are many ways of constructing noun phrases.

This an example of why you shouldn’t believe what you were mistaught. You may use it if you want: it’s one of mine.

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