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PREPOSITIONS. Of after partitive, French-derived, and formerly impersonal verbs

Of is sometimes used to separate an object from the direct action of a verb: (a) when the verb is used partitively, as "eat of," "taste of," &c.; (b) when the verb is of French origin, used with "de," as "doubt," "despair," "accuse," "repent," "arrest," "appeal," "accept," "allow;" (c) when the verb is not always or often used as a transitive verb, as "hope" or "like," especially in the case of verbs once used impersonally.


King. How fares our cousin Hamlet?
Hamlet. Excellent, i' faith: of the chameleon's dish.


“To appeal each other of high treason.

“Of capital treason we arrest you here.” Ib. iv. 1. 151.


“So then you hope of pardon from Lord Angelo?

“I will hope of better deeds to-morrow.

The of after "to like" is perhaps a result of the old impersonal use of the verb, "me liketh," "him liketh," which might seem to disqualify the verb from taking a direct object. Similarly "it repents me of" becomes "I repent of;" "I complain myself of" becomes "I complain of." So in E. E. "it marvels me of" becomes "I marvel of." Hence--

“It was a lordling's daughter that liked of her master.

“Thou dislikest of virtue for the name.

“I am a husband if you like of me.

So L. L. L. i. 1. 107; iv. 3. 158; Rich. III. iv. 4. 354. “To like of nought that would be understood.” BEAUMONT on B. J.

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