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    Choice of Prepositions

    Dear all,

    1. Wine is made [from/ of ] grape.
    2. Cheese is made [from/ of] milk.
    3. Paper is made [from/ of] wood.
    4. This desk is made [from/ of ] wood.

    Regarding the choice between from and of, I learned the following "rules" back in high school.

    ・When the materal is transformed into something that looks totally different, from is placed before the material. (in the cases of #1-3)

    ・When the material still has its original quality, of is used. (#4)

    Do yout think these "rules" are strictly observed? In my impression, the actual usage of made of and made from seems to be more flexible, and what I learned in school is more like just a tendency rather than rules.

    Thank you

    OP

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    Re: Choice of Prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    1. Wine is made [from/ of ] grape.
    2. Cheese is made [from/ of] milk.
    3. Paper is made [from/ of] wood.
    4. This desk is made [from/ of ] wood.

    Regarding the choice between from and of, I learned the following "rules" back in high school.

    ・When the materal is transformed into something that looks totally different, from is placed before the material. (in the cases of #1-3)

    ・When the material still has its original quality, of is used. (#4)

    Do you think these "rules" are strictly observed? In my impression, the actual usage of made of and made from seems to be more flexible, and what I learned in school is more like just a tendency rather than rules.

    Thank you

    OP
    In my opinion all four are correct but there is very little in it. It comes down to usage. Others may disagree though; such is the music of English.

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