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    difference in meaning or nuance of these sentences

    Hello,

    Sometimes I have trouble telling the meaning or nuance of a sentence that includes a 'preposition + oneself' phrase.
    For instance, would someone explain the difference in meaning or nuance between the following two sentences?

    Thank you.

    1. The little tree aspired to give of itself.
    2. The little tree aspired to give itself.

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    Re: difference in meaning or nuance of these sentences

    If someone gives oneself, I would think they are committing suicide. However to give of oneself is a sacrifice less than death.

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