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    #11

    Re: Atom cores are made from quarks

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I've never heard of any distinction between "made of" and "made out of."
    I'm not sure what you mean by "heard of" there.

    There is a pretty clear distinction in the way we use these forms, which gets to the core meaning imparted by the particle out.

    One way to reveal this is to look at active voice uses. Consider the following sentence:

    God made Adam out of clay.

    The basic idea here is that there was a process of transformation.

    You can see in this sentence the verb pattern make something out of something, which can be passivised to:

    Adam was made out of clay.

    An important difference with made of is that there is no comparable active voice pattern (at least in modern English). You can't make something of something.

    God made Adam of clay.

    If you try to passive this to:

    Adam was made of clay.

    there is a loss of agency (there's no God involved). The sentence reads in a semantically distinct way, i.e., as a statement of what Adam's body consisted of. That is to say, the sentence says only something about Adam's state.

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    #12

    Re: Atom cores are made from quarks

    If make out of has a sense of transformation, how does it differ from made from?

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    #13

    Re: Atom cores are made from quarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    If make out of has a sense of transformation, how does it differ from made from?
    The preposition is different. from focuses on the source material.

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