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    born of, born in and born into -- how to use them in different context?

    I have seen the following three similar sentences so far:

    1. He was born in a worker's family.
    2. He was born of a peasant family.
    3. He was born into a poor family.


    Maybe, they are used in different context. Can anyone please give some examples to illustrate how to use the three different sentences properly?

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    Re: born of, born in and born into -- how to use them in different context?

    I'd say that born of is the formal way of saying born to; as far as the phrase born in is concerned, it's an odd collocation to me, and it's meant to read born into.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 12-Mar-2017 at 12:57. Reason: Added missing punctuation

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    #3

    Re: born of, born in and born into -- how to use them in different context?

    He was born in 2000/born into a poor family/born of/to German parents.

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../born_1?q=born
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    Re: born of, born in and born into -- how to use them in different context?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Id say that born of is the formal way of saying born to; as far as the phrase born in is concerned, it's an odd collocation to me, and it's meant to read born into.
    I also think that 'born in' is unnatural and native speakers almost never use it this way, but I do find the sentence: Stanton was born in a Pentecostal family in a mostly Jewish suburb of Cleveland -- newsobserver.com. And I am quite confused about the difference between 'born into something' and 'born of/to somebody' and what kind of context they used in.
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    Re: born of, born in and born into -- how to use them in different context?

    'Something' and 'somebody' refer to a family and parents respectively, so what are you confused about?

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    I do find the sentence: Stanton was born in a Pentecostal family in a mostly Jewish suburb of Cleveland -- newsobserver.com.
    Finding a sentence doesn't signify that you must follow it.
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    Re: born of, born in and born into -- how to use them in different context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Something' and 'somebody' refer to a family and parents respectively, so what are you confused about?


    Finding a sentence doesn't signify that you must follow it.
    Then what's the difference between the following two sentences:

    1. He was born into a peasant family.
    2. He was born of/to a peasant family.

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    Re: born of, born in and born into -- how to use them in different context?

    If you want a simple rule, use into before family and to before saying the parents. (Don't use of before family.)
    Last edited by jutfrank; 12-Mar-2017 at 12:50.

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