More on "Of" (#8), by Dennis Oliver

 Of is also commonly used with directions to show the general way to travel from one location to another: north of Main Street west of the train station east of Phoenix, Arizona northwest of the bank When directions are used with of in this way, the direction before of shows the way to go when moving to a new location from the location that is named: north of Main Street = From Main Street, go north . northwest of the bank = From the bank, go northwest. Expressions such as those above can be made more exact by adding a measurement of distance: 2.5 miles north of Main Street four blocks west of the train station about 200 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona half a block northwest of the bank If a measurement of distance is given, it shows how far to go when moving from the named location: 2.5 miles north of Main Street = From Main Street, go north for 2.5 miles. half a block northwest of the bank = From the bank, go northwest for half a block.

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