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Reply to "The use of 'are' followed by of"

Look at the following sentence (excerpted from OLAD):

The arrival of canals was of great value to many industries.

Can we use "values" here? Or the sentence has a specific context in which we cannot use the countable, plural noun?

Hi, Hussein—In that sentence, which is equivalent in meaning to "The arrival of canals was very valuable to many industries," "value" must indeed be used as a noncount noun. Note that your example is very different from the OP's.

Last edited by David, Moderator
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