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Which preposition is correct

Czech Republic

Which preposition is correct

Dear colleagues, especially native speakers,


I´ve found these sentences in one of the worksheets here:


They are used to running in marathons. = It is typical FOR them.


I used the worksheet in my lesson and one of my students thinks that there is a mistake in the second sentence - it should be: It is typical OF them.


Is my student right? Or are both prepositions FOR/OF possible in this context?


Thank you for your help :)



4 Dec 2017      

United Kingdom

I think either of those is fine, although I prefer typical FOR, as that is normal behaviour FOR them. This link might help. But, oh, I do hate know-it-all students!

4 Dec 2017     


As I see it, of is the correct variant here.
"If a particular action or feature is typical of someone or something, it shows their usual qualities or characteristics. " (from Collins Cobuilt 5)

4 Dec 2017     

Czech Republic

Thank you very much for your help. Have a nice weekend :)

9 Dec 2017