Hi. I don't believe either one is "correct" although I've heard it said both ways. If forced to choose, I'd go with 2) but I'd normally say "He made a fortune from the banana business" or "He made a fortune selling bananas".Hi,
could you tell me which sentence is correct?
1) He made a fortune out of bananas.
2) He made a fortune from bananas.
I would say that 2 is correct, but I may be wrong.
Hi Mgarizona,"He made a fortune out of bananas" borders on the hilarious.
2 is not much better. Moogey's "off of" is better.
Can't you be more specific.
He made a fortune by importing bananas.
He made a fortune buying and selling bananas.
Something like that?
why does "out of bananas" seem hilarious?
Oh yes, I do Many thanks.well it sounds like you're trying to say he made a fortune out of nothing, or something stupid. its somewhat comical. it made me giggle.
if you are actually trying to say that someone made lots of money somehow through selling bananas, or picking them, whatever it may be... it would be better if you actually wrote it in a way that explains how he made that fortune through the bananas....
do you understand?
As another BE speaker - "off of" - Yuk!1 & 2 are generally OK for me, preferably 2.
If you happen to venture this side of the Atlantic, don't say off of - unless you want to clearly define yourself as an AE-speaker.
It is non-standard, colloquial or regional in BE.
Check it out, and comment further if you wish, on this thread (not here):
drop the "of"