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    from/ of choice

    Dear all,

    The country became independent [from/ of] Britain in 1947.

    In the sentence above, I think both "from" and "of" are fine. However, I'd like to know which word is used more often or better?

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    Re: from/ of choice

    You are right. My preference is for of.

    Note that a better title would have been Independent from/of, as the Similar Threads feature at the bottom of the page has incorrectly homed in on choice.

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    Re: from/ of choice

    I would use "from." The American colonies gained their independence from England.

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    Re: from/ of choice

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would use "from." The American colonies gained their independence from England.
    I agree, but I'd still say, "The American colonies became independent of England".

    COCA has 14 citations for 'become/became independent from'. and 15 for 'become/became independent of', so both appear to be acceptable.

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