Die from/of

Artrella

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BA
Spanish-Argentina
Hi, in what situation do I use from and of? If it is an illness the cause or if it is an accident for instance, which one should I use? Are they used interchangeable or not?

Thx
 
  • Edwin

    Senior Member
    USA / Native Language: English
    Artrella said:
    Hi, in what situation do I use from and of? If it is an illness the cause or if it is an accident for instance, which one should I use? Are they used interchangeable or not?

    Thx
    I think you can use either ''die of'' or ''die from'' for any situation.

    And Googling shows that both occur more or less with the same frequency. Similarly ''die of cancer'' and ''die from cancer'' give the same order of magnitude of hits. Same for: "die from an accident" and "die of an accident".

    On the other hand I get

    2,440 hits for "die from a broken heart"

    13,100 hits for "die of a broken heart"

    So the latter is clearly more popular. :(
     

    el alabamiano

    Senior Member
    English (US)
    Artrella said:
    Hi, in what situation do I use from and of? If it is an illness the cause or if it is an accident for instance, which one should I use? Are they used interchangeable or not? - Thx
    Hi Nil Nil Nil. This site explains it better than I ever could:

    http://www.wordpower.ws/grammar/gramch26.html

    From
    1. Place of origin: We left from Boston; he comes from Mexico
    2. Start of a period of time: from now on; from yesterday until today
    3. Start of a range: From 20 to 30 people were present.
    4. Cause: He suffers from nervousness.
    5. Source: I first heard the story from you.

    Neal Neal Neal
     

    Edwin

    Senior Member
    USA / Native Language: English
    el alabamiano said:
    Hi Nil Nil Nil. This site explains it better than I ever could:

    http://www.wordpower.ws/grammar/gramch26.html

    From
    1. Place of origin: We left from Boston; he comes from Mexico
    2. Start of a period of time: from now on; from yesterday until today
    3. Start of a range: From 20 to 30 people were present.
    4. Cause: He suffers from nervousness.
    5. Source: I first heard the story from you.

    Neal Neal Neal

    Sorry to disagree with a WEBSITE, Neal, but I must in this case. :) You are telling me that it is incorrect to say, ''He died of a broken heart." Or, for example, to ask, "What did he die of?" ???? How about the common phrase, "I'm sick and tired of listening to that.'' You advocate replacing those of's by from's?
     

    El Hondureño

    Senior Member
    USA;English,Spanish,Brazilian Portuguese
    Here are two instances where you are can use these two:
    I don't want to die of cancer
    He/She died from cancer
    On the other hand you can't say:
    I die of cancer
    I died from cancer(well you can say that but you'd already be dead lol)

    In short, when you say died from you can't refer to yourself. When you say die of you have to use the past tense, or say she/he dies from(I'm not sure of this)
    Well that's what I think
     

    Artrella

    Banned
    BA
    Spanish-Argentina
    El Hondureño said:
    Here are two instances where you are can use these two:

    I died from cancer(well you can say that but you'd already be dead lol)

    LOL!! :p

    Thank you Boys!! :thumbsup:
     
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