from

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 strong: [ˈfrɒm], weak: [frəm]


WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
from
source or origin
You use from to say what the source, origin, or starting point of something is.
Smoke was rising from the fire.
Get the leaflet from a post office.
The houses were built from local stone.
When you are talking about the person who has written you a letter or sent a message to you, you say that the letter or message is from that person.
He got an email from Linda.
If you come from a particular place, you were born there, or it is your home.
I come from Scotland.
➜ See come from
Be careful
Don't use ‘from’ to say who wrote a book, play, or piece of music. Don't say, for example, ‘Have you seen any plays from Ibsen?’ You say ‘Have you seen any plays by Ibsen?’
We listened to some pieces by Mozart.
distance
You can use from when you are talking about the distance between places. For example, if one place is fifty kilometres from another place, the distance between the two places is fifty kilometres.
How far is the hotel from here?
time
If something happens from a particular time, it begins to happen at that time.
Breakfast is available from 6 a.m.
We had no rain from March to October.
Be careful
Don't use from to say that something began to be the case at a particular time in the past and is still the case now. Don't say, for example, ‘I have lived here from 1984’. You say ‘I have lived here since 1984’.
He has been chairman since 1998.
➜ See since
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