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    #1

    Question from/of

    Hi,

    I sometimes get confused with of and from.

    Can we say: This is a song of the Beatles. (Do we need "s'"-Beatles'- here?) /This a song from the Beatles.

    Thank you
    W

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    Re: from/of

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    The Beatles is correct because it's their name.

    This song is of The Beatles.

    = It's their song; they produced it.

    This song is from The Beatles.
    = You got that song from them (they gave it to you).
    = Doesn't necessarily mean it's their song.

    Look:
    I have a song of The Beatles, and I give it to you.
    Then you have to say:
    This song is from Nightmare.
    You cannot say, "This song is of Nightmare", because it's not my song but The Beatles' song.

    I hope I didn't write nonsense...
    Confirmation would be nice

    Cheers!


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    Re: from/of

    Actually, the correct preposition to indicate authorship is "by." This song is by the Beatles = The Beatles wrote this song. This book is by Maurice Sendak = Maurice Sendak wrote this book. This painting is by Picasso = Picasso created this painting.

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    Re: from/of

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hi,

    I sometimes get confused with of and from.

    Can we say: This is a song of the Beatles. (Do we need "s'"-Beatles'- here?) /This a song from the Beatles.

    Thank you
    W
    In AmE, probably hear "song by the Beatles", "a Beatles' song" or "a song from a Beatles' album".

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