I've read these two sentences: 

1. One of the many advantages of living in New York is that you can eat out at almost any time of day.

2. What are the advantages to having a holiday in the winter?

I wonder when to use "of" and when to use "to". So, Could anyone please help me figure it out?

THANKS for your kind help.

The first sentence is an example on Longman online dictionary site. The second is from my school text book "New Hello" published by Longman too.

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Good point, Rasha Assem. My understanding is that there is not much difference between "advantages of V-ing" and "advantages to V-ing." In this older thread I had already suggested the possibility of using "advantages to V-ing," but the truth is that "advantages of V-ing" is equally correct.

"of" indicates possession, and that is clear in "advantages of V-ing." I can only imagine the use of "to" (which sounds more idiomatic, less transparent to me) as a shortened version of "attached to": What are the advantages (attached) to (= involved in/entailed by/associated with) having a holiday in the winter?

 

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