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Perspective of or perspective on? Both sound right to me. Which is correct?

Asked by buckyboy28 (4938points) February 19th, 2010

I am writing a paper and I am writing “this would allow me to gain a new perspective of/on mathematical concepts”. Which one is correct?

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davidbetterman's avatar

I think it is mostly used as perspective on

DominicX's avatar

In that case, it would be “perspective on”. “Perspective of” is used with a phrase such as “from the perspective of such-and-such”. It’s genitive in other words. Someone is owning that perspective if you use “of”. It can also be written “from such-and-such’s perspective”.

the100thmonkey's avatar

A quick googlefight of each term shows both to be in wide use.

You can also check such things using an online corpus.

Jeruba's avatar


DominicX’s explanation is correct. It isn’t enough to know that both expressions are in use and accepted. They mean different things, so you have to consider the context..

wbleisch's avatar

“The perspective of an eagle,” who would presumably have a unique perspective on a rabbit.

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