A crate made from wood, a letter from Mary, facts learned from reading.
Away from danger, far from home.
Kept from going on the hike.
Released from jail.
An example of from is the starting time of an open house, such as "from 1 pm to 4 pm."
An example of from is to take a toy away out of the hands of a child.
An example of from are a cottage and a garage that are separated by 100 feet.
Take two from four; he withdrew from the class.
They don't know from good taste.
Faint from hunger.
To tell one sister from the other.
To tremble from fear.
Keep someone from making a mistake; liberation from bondage.
Know right from wrong.
From noon to midnight.
He took a comb from his pocket; lava spewed from the volcano.
- Not native to a state or locality.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of from
- Middle English from Old English fram forward, from per1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English from (“from”), from Old English from, fram (“forward, from”), from Proto-Germanic *fram (“forward, from, away”), from Proto-Indo-European *pr-, *pro-, *perəm-, *prom- (“forth, forward”), from *por- (“forward, through”). Cognate with Old Saxon fram (“from”) and Old High German fram (“from”), Danish frem (“forth, forward”), Danish fra (“from”), Swedish fram (“forth, forward”), Swedish från (“from”), Icelandic fram (“forward, on”), Icelandic frá (“from”), Albanian pre, prej. More at fro.