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Prepositions “of” and “from”
Frequently asked questions about prepositions

A preposition is used to link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition. A preposition is used to indicate the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence. Here are some examples of the prepositions “of” and “from”:

Preposition OF

Used to indicate belonging to something; relating to something:

  • She is a friend of mine.
  • She exemplifies the love of a mother for her children.
  • Didn't you you but that new bike of Jimmy's.
  • These are the inventions of Leonardo da Vince.

Used to indicate belonging to something; being part of something; relating to something:

  • This is the front door of the house.
  • He is the president of the company.
  • He is a member of the football team.
  • We now have the results of the election.

Used to indicate what somebody/something is, consists of, or contains:

  • This is the city of London.
  • It was a large crowd of people.
  • The glass is full of milk.

Used to indicate measurents and expressions of time, age, etc.:

  • Here are two pounds of flour.
  • He received a pay raise of five percent.
  • Today is the fourth of July.
  • The year of his birth was 1999.
  • She is twelve years of age.

Used to indicate somebody/something belongs to somebody/something:

  • These are some of my friends.
  • Here is one of the problems I have.
  • This cat is one of our pets.
  • He is the highest paid of all the athletes.
  • She is twelve years of age.

Used to indicate position in space or time:

  • I live just south of Atlanta.
  • Hw was at Philidephia at the time of the revolution.
  • We will be there at a quater of ten tonight.

Prepositions FROM

Used to indicate where someone or something starts:

  • He walked away from the car.
  • The bus from Los Angeles has arrived.
  • We will walk from the start of the trail.
  • The store is opem from ten to ten today.

Used to indicate who sent or gave something:

  • I just got a letter from my uncle.
  • The judge read the notice from the lawyer.
  • The man from the insurance company gave a refund.

Used to indicate origin:

  • Dorothy was from Kansas.
  • This ia document from the French Revolution.
  • That was a quotation from Shakespeare.

Used to indicate a reason:

  • She felt tired from all the walking.

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