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Prepositions - From

1. From indicates a source.

Pattern 1: verb + from + noun
Tony is from Alabama.
I hear from him every week.

Verbs commonly used before from:
be, call, come, derive, hear

Pattern 2: verb + noun + from + noun
We get help from our neighbors.

Verbs commonly used with this pattern:
borrow, bring, buy, collect, copy, get, mail, obtain, receive, send

2. From indicates a point of departure.

Pattern: verb + from + noun (place)
The ship sailed from San Francisco.
Please start from the beginning.

Typical verbs:
begin, depart, drive, fly, go, graduate, move, read, sail, start (over), take off

3. From can indicate separation.

Pattern 1: verb + away + from + noun
We ran away from the building.
Keep away from the crowd.

Typical verbs before away from:
drive, get, keep, move, run, walk

Pattern 2: verb + noun + from + noun
We collected the papers from the students.

Verbs commonly used with this pattern:
borrow, buy, chase, collect, delete, dissociate, eliminate, erase, expel, hide, keep (away), protect, release, remove, save, scare (away), separate, shield, steal, subtract, take (away)

4. From can indicate difference.

Pattern 1: number + from + number
Three from nine equals six.

Pattern 2: number + noun of time of distance + from
He lives five miles from here.
They are only twenty minutes (away) from the city.
I will see you two weeks from today.

Expressions:

be different from
My sweater is different from yours.
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