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MADE OF vs. MADE FROM


What will be in your mind if you get a fill-in-the-blank question like this: “The cupboard in the corner was … wood”? Will you fill the blank with made of or made from?

When I asked Google about the differences between made of and made from, Google showed me some references that mainly explained that made of should be used when the main material of a thing is still visible (in its natural form) and the material can be reversed, while made from should be used when the main material of a thing is no longer visible and cannot be reversed.

Made of

Example: The cupboard in the corner was made of wood.

On the example above, we can see that the wood as the material is still visible. And when we want to disassemble the cupboard back into pieces, we will get the wood (in a board form). So that why, we use made of because we still see the original/natural form of the material and can reverse it back.

Made from

Example: The paper was also made from a wood.

Actually, the paper was made from wood pulp, but it still from wood, right? So, the correctness of the example is still considerable, isn’t it?

Well, the paper was made from a wood. Why we use made from? Because we no longer see the wood as the material. It has already transformed into paper, and we cannot change the paper back into the wood. Made from is also used when some materials are used to make one thing.

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