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    Default prepositions on/at, of/from, in/under

    Hi,
    I have a question about prepositions. I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning between:
    * made of - made from
    * in (bad) conditions - under (bad) conditions; is the use of "under" in this example an instance of bad English?
    * at the corner - on the corner
    * cause of - cause for

    Thank you for your answer,
    Mia

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    Default Re: prepositions on/at, of/from, in/under

    1- Made of- where the material doesn't go through much processing- a chair is made of wood- the wood is just cut. Made from- processed- butter is made from milk- the milk has been processed into something else
    2- If you mean the state something is in, then 'in bad condition' would be the natural choice. 'Under' can be used with the idea of 'circumstances'.
    3- In the corner- inside a room, enclosed space- on/at the corner outside. I'd use 'at' for a tempory position- I'll meet you at the corner, and 'on' for a fixed one- my ouse is on the corner.
    4- cause of- reason for something. cause for- I'd use this with a different meaning, where 'cause' means something worthwhile, so something could be a cause for a charity.

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