of vs from

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The man who owned all this cash has died from hunger

asked Dec 12 '13 at 17:53 Noel Jones New member

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'Of' is usually used in descibing an internal cause of death.

He died of cancer.

'From' usually indicates an external cause.

He died from a gunshot wound.

 

In reality, they are pretty much interchangeable.

link comment answered Dec 12 '13 at 18:58 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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My dictionary tells me that "from" can be "used to indicate source or origin." It also tells me that "of" can be "used to indicate derivation, origin or source." That is probably why I couldn't figure out which one is better. Both are correct.

link comment answered Dec 12 '13 at 18:59 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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