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    Ju1ian is offline Junior Member
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    depletion

    I believe the following sentences are grammatically correct:
    "The well was depleted of water."
    "The overuse depleted the well of water."
    "Water is not available due to the depletion of the well."
    So is
    "This treatment depletes the water of minerals."

    Now, my question is, are the next sentences also correct?
    "Water was depleted from the well."
    "The well is useless because of the depletion of water."

    Asked differently, can you deplete a content, as well as a container?

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    Re: depletion

    "The well was depleted of water."- OK
    "The overuse depleted the well of water." - I'd remove 'The' before 'overuse'
    "Water is not available due to the depletion of the well."- This sounds stilted to me.
    "The well is useless because of the depletion of water." OK

    It also depends on the formality of the context- normally I'd say that the well dried up, or maybe use extract/overextract

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    Re: depletion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    "The well was depleted of water."- OK
    "The overuse depleted the well of water." - I'd remove 'The' before 'overuse'
    "Water is not available due to the depletion of the well."- This sounds stilted to me.
    "The well is useless because of the depletion of water." OK

    It also depends on the formality of the context- normally I'd say that the well dried up, or maybe use extract/overextract
    Thank you for your response. I appreciate your offering alternative words, but I am trying to figure out how the word 'deplete' should be used, specifically. So let me clarify this. There are two entities in each of these sentences: the well (a container) and the water (a content).
    Usually, the object to be depleted is the container, as in "deplete the well of water". The question is, grammatically speaking, can you also deplete a content, as in "deplete water from the well"?

    You have said 'depletion of water' (as opposed to 'depletion of well') is OK in the example sentence: The well is useless because of the depletion of water. So I take it that the answer to my above question is yes. Yes?

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