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Discussion in 'English' started by Goodsis, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. Goodsis

    Goodsis New commenter

    Hello all,

    Which is more appropriate?

    set rules or a set of rules?


  2. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

    Can you write the whole sentence? Not sure what you mean.
  3. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    "These are the set rules" as in "rules that have been set" - although as surely all rules are 'set' this is not necessary.

    "Here is the new set of rules for the academic year".
  4. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    I'd say "these are the set rules" because "of" is a preposition that needs a noun denoting the subject of the underlying verb. Seeing as there isn't a verb in that sentence, I'd stick with the 1st one.
  5. GloriaSunshine

    GloriaSunshine New commenter

    "Set of rules" because you are referring to a "group" of rules. "Set rules", as Jarndyce says, is meaningless. You may as well say, "These are the rules." because the "set" is unnecessary.

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