The UVic Writer's Guide


Do not use of with inside, outside or off: "I got off of the motorbike." The "of" is implied in the prepositions. "I got off the motorbike" is perfectly adequate.

All can also do without "of" most of the time ("all the fruitflies" instead of "all of the fruitflies"), except in certain phrases ("I'd like to thank all of you for coming").

A similar rule applies to on; do not use "onto" where "on" will do.

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