I've been writing some essays recently and then bumped into this problem:

I want to use "of" to describe something's potential of turning into other things. Is this sentence correct?

This is not to say everyone should forgo the potential of their hobbies becoming their future jobs.

Can I use "of" + something + verb-ing like this?

I couldn't find any reference related to this, but I think I heard it somewhere in the past.

  • Looks fine to me! I think you should replace "This is to say" with "that is to say" though, depending on what comes before it. – Marcus Hendriksen Oct 22 '19 at 9:45
  • @MarcusHendriksen You're right! "That" does sound better. Thank you. – Jack Chuang Oct 22 '19 at 12:16
  • Avoid saying “the below X” because this can sound stilted and even borderline unnatural to native speakers. Instead say “the following X” in especially formal written contexts, or merely this X” in the singular or these Xes” in the plural in many common and less exacting circumstances. Sometimes English-language learners don’t realize that they should use the demonstrative determiners this, that, these, those which native speakers customarily use for these cases. – tchrist Jan 25 at 17:23

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