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ball vs ball of(string/wool)

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ball vs ball of(string/wool)

Postby simplythebest » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:52 am

Hello,

In an illustrated grammar for children I saw a picture of a cat sleeping on a ball of string (wool?) and one of the characters says: 'Look, Kitty is sleeping on the ball.'
Could they use only 'ball' for 'ball of string/wool'? Perhaps they used only 'ball' because the illustration made it clear what kind of ball it was?
Secondly, I read 'It could be a lesson in patience.'
Shouldn't it be 'a lesson ON patience'?

Thanks,
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Re: ball vs ball of(string/wool)

Postby hermit » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:31 pm

hello again - you have it right, already clear what kind of ball etc.

next, anything you experience can be a lesson IN patience.

a lesson taught to you ABOUT patience is like a lecture ON patience.

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