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    of or from

    Which preposition is appropriate?

    coffee is made of ground coffee beans.
    or
    coffee is made from ground coffee beans.

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    #2

    Re: of or from

    Quote Originally Posted by Sommy View Post
    Which preposition is appropriate?

    coffee is made of ground coffee beans.
    or
    coffee is made from ground coffee beans.
    Hi,

    I think that after three years of studing english (BrE) in a public school I could say the correct sentence is the second one . (coffee is made from ground coffee beans ).

    Please also tell me if I'm wrong because i want to know.

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    #3

    Re: of or from

    made of: if original material is still visible.
    made from: if original material has been transformed and invisible.
    (Going by the above, I would choose "made of")

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    Re: of or from

    Not a teacher. If you took a bunch of coffee beans, drilled holes in them and strung them together into a necklace, then you could say the necklace was "made of" coffee beans.

    If you take the beans, grind them into a powder, and extract the essence from the beans with hot water, then you have made something "from" coffee beans.

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    #5

    Re: of or from

    Quote Originally Posted by Kintzacos View Post
    Hi,

    I think that after three years of studying English (BrE) in a public school I would say the correct sentence is the second one ('coffee is made from ground coffee beans').

    Please also tell me if I'm wrong because I want to know.
    You are right.

    Rover

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    #6

    Re: of or from

    1) Coffee is made of ground coffee beans.
    or
    2) Coffee is made from ground coffee beans.

    of originally meant 'away, away from' but came to have genitive significance as translators used it to translate 'de' and English lost genitive case marking.

    from originally meant 'forward movement' but came to mean 'movement away'

    of: used as a function word to indicate origin or derivation
    from: used as a function word to indicate the source, cause, agent, or basis.

    Given the above, I could not confidently say either 1) or 2) is wrong. They are both good.

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