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  1. Curious Cat's Avatar

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    made of vs. made from

    Hi dear teachers,

    Seems I've got mixed up with prepositions. Do they mean the same, or is the meaning changed somehow? I thought they were interchangable, but couldn't find the rules explaining that.

    I'll give examples:

    Pipelines are made *of* steel tubes
    Pipelines are made *from* steel tubes

    Which is better?

    The same with the material - tubes are made *of* steel or *from* steel?

    I'd appreciate your help with that.

    Thanks

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    Re: made of vs. made from

    Quote Originally Posted by Curious Cat
    Hi dear teachers,

    Seems I've got mixed up with prepositions. Do they mean the same, or is the meaning changed somehow? I thought they were interchangable, but couldn't find the rules explaining that.

    I'll give examples:

    Pipelines are made *of* steel tubes
    Pipelines are made *from* steel tubes

    Which is better?

    The same with the material - tubes are made *of* steel or *from* steel?

    I'd appreciate your help with that.

    Thanks
    I think you'll enjoy reading the following discussions.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/sh...ight=made+from

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/sh...ight=made+from

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: made of vs. made from

    Additionally, and something a little less time consuming,

    I have a table and it's made from bamboo. The carpenter took stocks of bamboo, cut them, halved them, and made them into a table. The carpenter modified the bamboo's structural integrity, so my table is made from bamboo.

    I have a vase and it's made of bamboo. The carpenter took a stock of bamboo and carved a vase out of it. The carpenter didn't modify the bamboo's structural integrity, so my vase is made of bamboo.


    All the best,

  3. Curious Cat's Avatar

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    Re: made of vs. made from

    Thanks a lot!
    I was sure this problem had been discussed before, but I had a glitch with the function of search for the threads throughout the forums - it doesn't work :( I presume it's because of some settings operating on my computer.

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