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    Dear teachers

    Does the second sentence read well?

    Be careful of what they will demand of you.
    Be careful of what they will demand from you.

    Thank you

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    Re: demand of vs from

    Yes, but there can be a subtle difference in meaning.

    If you owe me $10, I can demand it from you.

    If I am your boss and I expect you to work overtime to finish a project, I can demand it of you.

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    Re: demand of vs from

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Does the second sentence read well?

    Be careful of what they will demand of you. Use for something intangible.
    Be careful of what they will demand from you. For something tangible.

    Thank you
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    Re: demand of vs from

    Bill, if I may, I would like to extend this a bit:

    The University of Cambridge publishes leaflets with tips for students. One of them says, and I quote:

    ''It is important to familiarise yourself with the tasks and what they demand of you, and to get accustomed to doing them.''

    From the sentence itself, the definition of 'demand' and the explanations you've given me, I presume the subtle difference could be expressed as:

    Demand of - the tasks are unknown and challenging, plus it's likely one will not complete all of them, some might;
    Demand from - the tasks are known and probably obligatory.

    Now comes the most interesting part: if the interpretation I gave above is right, I fail to the see how the second sentence I originally posted is idiomatic.

    Thank you for commenting.
    Last edited by Offroad; 19-Jul-2013 at 20:15. Reason: forgot some verbs.

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    "Tangible" and "known" don't mean the same thing. I don't know how you got "known" and "unknown" from "tangible" and "intangible."

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    Re: demand of vs from

    I may have misinterpreted it then. For me, tangible = possible to accomplish. I prefer to see those tasks as difficult but still possible.

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    Re: demand of vs from

    "Tangible" is something you can hold in your hands. Real, concrete. Not abstract.

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