Learn English – ‘Various’ or ‘various of’

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Now, I'm certain they're both grammatically correct, but I'm curious of their usage; 'various of' seems rather archaic (it's used in Politics and the English Language by Orwell, for example). So, I presume it's either an archaic use, or the British use.

Can anyone tell me which?

Context:

I list below, with notes and examples, various of the tricks by means of which the work of prose-construction is habitually dodged.

From George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language". He uses the word 'various' only twice in this essay, both of which precede the preposition 'of'.

Best Answer

'Various of' is neither archaic nor particularly British. I would say that Orwell is using it as a synonym for 'some of'. He considers that there are a number of tricks used for the purpose he names, and he is going to list some of them.