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Hi teachers

What exactly is the meaning of the following sentence?

We are not just selling cheap food but we also make sure the food is of good quality.

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IhenryHi teachers

What exactly is the meaning of the following sentence?

We are not just selling cheap food but we also make sure the food is of good quality.

Thanks
I'm not sure what you don't understand, so I'll just simplify it to: "We sell cheap food, but it is good".
We sell cheap food, and moreover the quality of the food is good > the food is of good quality.
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Yes; "of" can indicate "a characteristic or distinctive quality or possession" (Merriam Webster).

So "is of" here = "has the characteristic of".

MrP
Sorry for replying this late, I was away for quite sometimes and not able to access the internet. Anyhow, I think, as I understand it, the sentence below would have the same meaning.

We are not just selling cheap food but we also make sure the food has good quality.

However, since I'm not a native speaker, I'm really not sure when or in what situation I should use "is of" in a sentence. Is it common to use that in a sentence?
We are not just selling cheap food but we also make sure the food has good quality.

You get the idea. But since food is not a person, it sounds funny to say 'food has' good quality. It sounds much better to say 'food is of' good quality.

On the other hand consider the following.

Jane is not only beautiful, but she also has a charming personality.

This sounds perfectly fine. In this case, you wouldn't want to say 'she is of a charming personality.'
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IhenryHi teachers

What exactly is the meaning of the following sentence?

We are not just selling cheap food but we also make sure the food is of good quality.

Thanks

Hi Ihenry,

We often use this structure to describe things. Ex:

John is a man of high integrity – He is honest and righteous.

All dishes on our menu are made with ingredients of the highest quality we can find

Sometimes “is of” are used together but you will find them used separately as shown in the examples. If we connect all the words in blue, you will see that it’s the same structure.

It is really interesting knowing how natives translate words articulated by non-natives Emotion: smile

Many thanks for all the replies.
Hi guys,

Her's a small additional comment on usage.

In informal, spoken English, I think we are more likely to use an adjectival structure. We'd say This is good-quality food rather than This food is of good quality.

Best wishes, Clive
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