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    Cool Buy to or from

    Hello!

    Is the use of "from" correct in this sentence, please?

    "That big millionaire bought the patent from an engineer".

    Could we use "to" instead without changing the meaning?

    Thanks a lot
    W

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    Re: Buy to or from

    I am not a teacher.

    No, you can not interchange "from" and "to" without changing meaning. In this case, "to" would not make sense at all.

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    Re: Buy to or from

    To and from are essentially antonyms.

    '...buy from' '...sell to.'

    Rover

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