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    made of or from

    Hi! Could you explain me, please, what's the difference between to be made of and to be made from?

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    Re: made of or from

    A piece of clothing could be made of cotton, or polyester (nylon), or wool.
    'made of' identifies the material/substance. The cotton and wool have been woven, but are still readily recognizable as natural fibres.

    'made from' indicates that the original substance has been transformed into a new material. So,
    it is hard to believe that glass is made from sand.
    ...that rubber, as in rubber tyres and rubber bands, is made from the sap of a tree.

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