Confusing to Students 3 – Made From, Made Of, Made Out Of, Made With
We often use made from when we talk about how something is manufactured:
- Plastic is made from oil.
- The earliest canoes were made from tree trunks.
We use made of when we talk about the basic material or qualities of something. It has a meaning similar to ‘composed of’:
She wore a beautiful necklace made of silver.
A:What’s this table made of?
B:It’s oak, American white oak.
Made out of
We usually use made out of when we talk about something that has been changed or transformed from one thing into another:
- In the 1970s, it was popular to have candle-holders made out of wine bottles.
- They were living in tents made out of old plastic sheets.
We use made with most often to talk about the ingredients of food and drink:
- This dish is made with beef, red peppers and herbs.
- Is sushi always made with raw fish or do the Japanese use cooked fish too?