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Just a quick question, do I say "I want to develop my abilities on English and mathematics" or "I want to develop my abilities of English and mathematics"? Alternatives are also welcome.

  • I would usually say "methematical abilities". Looking at the dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/ability the usual construction would be "ability of someone to perform something". – Mefitico Sep 11 '18 at 19:22
  • Thanks, but what if the noun following "ability" can't be made into an adjective or if there are multiple nouns? Example in the edited post. – Lucca Sep 11 '18 at 19:28
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ability in OED

As in:

... depends on deficiency of ability in the opposer—deficiency of ...

... depends on deficiency of ability in the opposer.

... with ability in many departments.

Your sentence, modified:

"I want to develop my abilities in English and mathematics"

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  • 2006 Prince George (Brit. Columbia) Citizen (Nexis) 2 Feb. 4 Justice Gomery will call for..the defined ability in law to punish those who break the rules. OED (Section 7). – Nigel J Sep 11 '18 at 19:50

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