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Now, I'm certain they're both grammatically correct, but I'm curious of their usage; 'various of' seems rather archaic (it's used in Politics and the English Language by Orwell, for example). So, I presume it's either an archaic use, or the British use.

Can anyone tell me which?

Context:

I list below, with notes and examples, various of the tricks by means of which the work of prose-construction is habitually dodged.

From George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language". He uses the word 'various' only twice in this essay, both of which precede the preposition 'of'.

  • Could you give us an example of its use complete with context? – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 18 '16 at 18:43
  • I agree various of the X's is relatively "dated/starchy", but I certainly wouldn't say it's "archaic". Though quite why it's fallen out of favour, escapes me, since syntactically similar forms such as several / many / enough of the X's are still fine with or without of the. – FumbleFingers Oct 18 '16 at 20:02
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'Various of' is neither archaic nor particularly British. I would say that Orwell is using it as a synonym for 'some of'. He considers that there are a number of tricks used for the purpose he names, and he is going to list some of them.

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