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    does "from" mean "where the fittings used to be/exist"

    Hello everybody!

    I would like to check with you that the word "from" in the below-mentioned sentence means "where the fittings used to be/exist" or "where the fittings were previously installed".

    The bodies and flanges from the removed fittings were protected before paint-related work =? The bodies and flanges "where the fittings used to be/exist" were protected before paint-related work.

    Maybe it should be written as "The bodies and flanges to which the fittings were previously fastened were protected before paint-related work.

    How about this:

    "The bodies and flanges to which the fittings previously belonged were protected before paint-related work.

    The bodies and flanges are now without (deprived of) the fittings.

    My workmate asked me to write the sentence in English. Thank you.

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    Re: does "from" mean "where the fittings used to be/exist"

    I'm afraid that it's not possible to be sure one way or another, without seeing more of the context. Taken literally, "The bodies and flanges from the removed fittings were protected" means that the removed fittings were made up of parts which included bodies and flanges, and these were protected. Now, I happen to agree with your interpretation of what the phrase really means, but we simply cannot be certain. Sorry!
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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