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    The meaning and appropriate use of "be demanded of"

    I saw this sentence recently and got confused.

    too much was being demanded of the topplayers

    The main thing confuses me is the use of "of" here.

    Does the sentence means that:
    1) the top players is required too much
    2) the top players has too much demands?

    My instinct told me it's the first one. But if it is the first one, shouldn't the preposition be "from" or something? I'm asking because I have an impression that in active voice the sentence would be something like: (somebody) is demanding too much from the top players"?

    I looked it up in some dictionaries, but didn't get a clear answer. Are "from" and "of" both okay? Are they have different meanings? And because I only saw "demand of" being used in passive voice, can I use it in active voice?

    Further more, I wander if "demand" as a verb can take two objects like "tell". I mean can it be used as "demand someone something"?

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    Re: The meaning and appropriate use of "be demanded of"

    Other people (I don't know who - The coaches? The owners? The public?) were demanding too much from/of the top players.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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