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Reply to "practice <thinking> divergently"

I agree with you that (1) is the correct interpretation. If "of" were used, I think I'd use the article, though the sentence is more idiomatic as originally written:

(3) Pretending to be someone else, with all the gestures, actions, and language that involves, gives children the practice of thinking divergently ...

Hi, deepcosmos and Gustavo—I agree that this parse works and concur with Gustavo that the addition of "the" is desirable.

We could, alternatively, posit the omission of the preposition "with" or "in." With "with" or "in," we do not need "the":

  • "Pretending . . . gives children practice [with] thinking divergently."
  • "Pretending . . . gives children practice [in] thinking divergently."
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