Reply Sun 20 Sep, 2015 06:48 am
-The clarity of the essay was something we could learn __ . The paragraphs showed clear elaboration __ the main arguments.

Do you agree with me?
Space 1: using 'from' would be wrong, and no word should be used, because we learn a certain quality: 'clarity', not learn FROM a quality.

Space 2: only OF is correct; ON is wrong.
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Reply Sun 20 Sep, 2015 07:49 am
Space 1: clearly the person who set the question required a word there, and 'from' is the right one. A reader might learn by example from reading a clearly written essay.

Space 2: yes, 'of' is right here.
Tes yeux noirs
Reply Sun 20 Sep, 2015 07:59 am
To clarify (!): We can learn qualities - clarity, conciseness, brevity, elegance, etc and we can also learn from writing that embodies those qualities.
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Reply Tue 22 Sep, 2015 07:29 am
@Tes yeux noirs,
Thank you for the reply; but your comment:

-A reader might learn by example from reading a clearly written essay.

means that you think we can learn FROM an essay, but my original sentence shows that if we use FROM, it means FROM the clarity of the essay, not directly from the essay, so I am confused. Do you agree with me or not?
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