Independent from vs Independent of

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Kel

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Hello there,

I was wondering if anyone can explain the difference of these terms with some examples. When to use one or the other, how, etc..

Thanks in advance!
 

Anglika

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Hello there,

I was wondering if anyone can explain the difference of these terms with some examples. When to use one or the other, how, etc..

Thanks in advance!

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Independent from = [not ruled by another country]
The rebel republic has already declared itself independent from the Soviet Union

Independent of = [unaffected by]
Personal conversations are not independent of media news.
Their decisions are quite independent of any other arguments.
 

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Interesting beacuse it's not that simple, as a beginner to English world, I think media news can metaphorically rule someone's conversation or thinking. Media can elect a candidate whoever he/she can be, it can change world's destiny, everything.

Well, actually, prepositions usage isn't easy.

If A is ruled by B, I think I couldn't say that B doesn't affect A, right?

I know those examples are dead right, but I'm still confused, however I am almost sure that one could say something like this:
Personal conversations are not independent from media news.

So, could you explain that to us?

Thanks a lot. This post from Anglika is really interesting, and useful.
 
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