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    Question Is there any difference between free sb. from sth and free sb. of sth?

    He has been freed from all trouble and responsibility.
    I'd like to free myself of some of the responsibilities of this job.


    I got the first sentence from the internet and the second one from online Cambridge dictionary.
    I believe there is a difference between "free sb. from sth." and "free sb. of sth." because I don't think the they are interchangable in the following cases:
    It took hours to free the victims from the collapsed building.
    She freed herself of worry.

    but I can't describe the difference
    Please help me~

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    Re: Is there any difference between free sb. from sth and free sb. of sth?

    I am not a teacher.

    "It took hours to free the victims from the collapsed building." By analogy with release from.
    "She freed herself of worry." By analogy with rid of.

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