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Make from or made of?

The phrases made of and made from seem to be identical, right? Are they really though?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. We can’t use the phrases interchangeably.

What’s the difference?

1. We use made of when something doesn’t change its form.  


A dress is made of silk. (the silk in the dress is still silk)

A padlock is made of steel. (we can still see it, can’t we?)

This statue is made of stone. (Click! Stone, right?)  

2. We use made from when something changes its form.


A cake is made from flour, water, and eggs. (you can no longer see flour, water, and eggs in there, can you?)

Wine is made from grapes. (there’s no way you can see grapes in there, right?)

Scotch is made from malted barley. (Click! Am I right?)    

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