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    From and of question

    What is the difference between these two phrases.

    Freedom from oppression and freedom of oppression.

    Freedom from capitalism and freedom of capitalism.

    What do the words of and from do to these phrases and what do the phrases mean?

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    Re: From and of question

    If you have freedom FROM something, that thing will not bother you.

    Freedom from want, freedom from oppression, freedom from sorrow. You will not experience want (deprivation), you will not be oppressed, you will not feel sorry.

    If you have freedom OF something, you are free to engage in it.

    Freedom of free speech is the freedom to speak freely.

    If you say you have "freedom of oppression" it sounds like you can oppress others.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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