DefinitionenIn addition to the uses shown below, from is used in phrasal verbs such as 'date from' and 'grow away from'.
1. preposition If something comes from a particular person or thing, or if you get something from them, they give it to you or they are the source of it. ⇒ He appealed for information from anyone who saw the attackers. ⇒ ...an anniversary present from his wife. ⇒ The results were taken from six surveys. ⇒ The dirt from the fields drifted like snow. 2. preposition Someone who comes from a particular place lives in that place or originally lived there. Something that comes from a particular place was made in that place. ⇒ ...an art dealer from Zurich. ⇒ Katy Jones is nineteen and comes from Birmingham. ⇒ ...wines from Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. 3. preposition
A person from a particular organization works for that organization. ⇒ ...a representative from the Israeli embassy. ⇒ ...Colonel Milan Gvero, who is from the federal Defense Ministry in Belgrade.
If someone or something moves or is moved from a place, they leave it or are removed, so that they are no longer there. ⇒ The guests watched as she fled from the room.
If you take one thing or person from another, you move that thing or person so that they are no longer with the other or attached to the other. ⇒ In many bone transplants, bone can be taken from other parts of the patient's body. ⇒ Remove the bowl from the ice and stir in the cream.
6. preposition If you take something from an amount, you reduce the amount by that much. ⇒ The £103 is deducted from Mrs Adams' salary every month. ⇒ Three from six leaves three. 7. preposition From is used in expressions such as away from or absent from to say that someone or something is not present in a place where they are usually found. ⇒ Her husband worked away from home a lot. ⇒ Jo was absent from the house all the next day. 8. preposition If you return from a place or an activity, you return after being in that place or doing that activity. ⇒ My son Colin has just returned from Amsterdam. ⇒ ...a group of men travelling home from a darts match. 9. preposition
If you are back from a place or activity, you have left it and have returned to your former place. ⇒ Our economics correspondent, James Morgan, is just back from Germany. ⇒ One afternoon when I was home from school, he asked me to come to see a movie with him.
10. preposition If you see or hear something from a particular place, you are in that place when you see it or hear it. ⇒ Visitors see the painting from behind a plate glass window. ⇒ Viewed from above, the valleys form the shape of a man. 11. preposition If something hangs or sticks out from an object, it is attached to it or held by it. ⇒ Hanging from his right wrist is a heavy gold bracelet. ⇒ ...large fans hanging from ceilings. ⇒ He saw the corner of a magazine sticking out from under the blanket. 12. preposition You can use from when giving distances. For example, if a place is fifty miles from another place, the distance between the two places is fifty miles. ⇒ The centre of the town is 4 kilometres from the station. ⇒ ...a small park only a few hundred yards from Zurich's main shopping centre. ⇒ How far is it from here? 13. preposition If a road or railway line goes from one place to another, you can travel along it between the two places. ⇒ ...the road from St Petersburg to Tallinn. 14. preposition From is used, especially in the expression made from, to say what substance has been used to make something. ⇒ ...bread made from white flour. ⇒ ...a luxurious resort built from the island's native coral stone. 15. preposition You can use from when you are talking about the beginning of a period of time. ⇒ She studied painting from 1926 and also worked as a commercial artist. ⇒ Breakfast is available to fishermen from 6 a.m. ⇒ From 1922 till 1925 she lived in Prague. 16. preposition You say from one thing to another when you are stating the range of things that are possible, or when saying that the range of things includes everything in a certain category. ⇒ There are 94 countries represented in Barcelona, from Algeria to Zimbabwe. ⇒ Over 150 companies will be there, covering everything from finance to fixtures and fittings. 17. preposition If something changes from one thing to another, it stops being the first thing and becomes the second thing. ⇒ The expression on his face changed from sympathy to surprise. ⇒ Unemployment has fallen from 7.5 to 7.2%. ⇒ I made a switch from butter to olive oil for much of my cooking. 18. preposition You use from after some verbs and nouns when mentioning the cause of something. ⇒ The problem simply resulted from a difference of opinion. ⇒ He is suffering from eye ulcers, brought on by the intense light in Australia. ⇒ They really do get pleasure from spending money on other people. ⇒ Most of the wreckage from the 1985 quake has been cleared. 19. preposition You use from when you are giving the reason for an opinion. ⇒ She knew from experience that Dave was about to tell her the truth. ⇒ He sensed from the expression on her face that she had something to say. ⇒ I guessed from his name that Jose must have been Spanish. 20. preposition From is used after verbs with meanings such as 'protect', 'free', 'keep', and 'prevent' to introduce the action that does not happen, or that someone does not want to happen. ⇒ Such laws could protect the consumer from harmful or dangerous remedies. ⇒ 300 tons of Peruvian mangoes were kept from entering France.
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