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    Hello!

    What does this expression mean?: "My mother has driven me from home".

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    Re: drive from

    More context would certainly help. The sentence alone could mean two things:


    1) My mother has taken me by car from my home to another destination.

    2) My mother has forced or compelled me to leave home.

    The first definition involves operating a car, while the second definition involves making someone leave or abandon something.

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    Re: drive from

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    What does this expression mean?: "My mother has driven me from home".

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    It simply means that his mother has transported him by car (presumably) from his home (starting point) to wherever he is at the time of speaking (destination).

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    Re: drive from

    'Drive' has various meanings. You can drive someone home, and that means you take them to their house in your car; or you can drive someone from home, and that means you send them away. This 'sending away' sort of 'drive' is a metaphor based on driving animals (=making them go the way you want, as in 'driving cattle to the milking-parlour'. There are other sorts of 'drive' - try a dictionary.

    b

    PS The phrase 'drive from home' can have the simple 'transportation' meaning given in the previous post; but this would normally have the destination expressed as well: 'He drove his son from home to University'.
    Last edited by BobK; 13-Oct-2010 at 11:42. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: drive from

    Ha! I hadn't thought of the idea of the person being compelled to leave home! One would need more context to see which meaning is right here.

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