"By" vs. "From" in the English grammar

By vs. From

'From' and 'by' are prepositions in the English lngauage. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

"By" vs. "From" in the English grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

The main difference between 'from' and 'by' is that 'from' is used to show when something starts and 'by' is used to say that something happens 'not later than' a specific time.

Talking about Position

We can use 'from' and 'by' to talk about the position of something or someone. 'From' is used to show the position of something in comparison with another thing. 'By' is used to show that something is near another thing or person. Have a look:

We could see the vocalist from where we sat.

There is a great view from her apartment's window.

Talking about Time

We can use 'from' and 'by' to show time. 'From' is used to show when something starts. 'By' is used to show that something occurs 'not later than' a particular time. For example:

The seminar will start from 10:30.

This artwork dates from 15th century.

Talking about Agency

'By' is used to show who or what is the doer of the action. Note that in this case, it is mainly used in passive voice.

The book is written by sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This diary was written by queen Victoria herself.

Talking about Origin

We can use 'from' to talk bout the origin of objects, ideas, places, and people. Here are some examples:

She is from London.

Which bank is this card from?

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