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    from or of

    We need a new table. So Jack made one from some wood we have.

    Should "from" be replaced by "of" in this sentence? Why?

    Thanks!

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    Re: from or of

    Your tenses are muddled.

    'We needed a new table, so Jack made one from some wood we had.'

    'We need a new table, so Jack's going to make one from some wood we have.'

    You can replace 'from' by 'with', but not 'of'.

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    Re: from or of

    Thanks for your explanation.

    But according to a dictionary, paper is made from wood and a shirt is made of silk.

    I cannot see the difference between "from" and "of". I don't see the preposition of "with" in any dictionary.

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    Jason

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    Re: from or of

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thanks for your explanation.

    But according to a dictionary, paper is made from wood and a shirt is made of silk.

    I cannot see the difference between "from" and "of". I don't see the preposition of "with" in any dictionary.

    Thanks!

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    Type "made from or made of" in the Google custom search box just below the "My profile" link. You will find many answers to your question.

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    Re: from or of

    Well, "made from" is used to refer to what is no longer the way it was before. It's clear. But "made of" is not so and it refers to what is still the same. My question is, is "made of" similar with "made with"? I mean both they have the same meaning and the same usage?

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    Re: from or of

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Type "made from or made of" in the Google custom search box just below the "My profile" link. You will find many answers to your question.
    Thanks!
    Following your advice, I have read some of the previous threads.
    As expected, "made from" has more to do with "substantial change or chemical change".
    So that is where I feel puzzled. As the wood in a table is obviously visible, I doubt whether we should say "make a table of wood".
    But you say it is not natural. And I should use "from" or "with".
    Is it because we often use "from" or "with" in an active voice?

    Sorry for being persistent!

    Jason

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    Re: from or of

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thanks!
    Following your advice, I have read some of the previous threads.
    As expected, "made from" has more to do with "substantial change or chemical change".
    So that is where I feel puzzled. As the wood in a table is obviously visible, I doubt whether we should say "make a table of wood".
    But you say it is not natural. And I should use "from" or "with".
    Is it because we often use "from" or "with" in an active voice?

    Sorry for being persistent!

    Jason
    Jack made a table from some wood that we had. We had some wood. Jack made a table from it. Now we have a table which is made of wood.
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