Given the sentence:
Helen pulled everything out of her suitcase.

If I change this sentence to:

  1. Helen took everything out of her suitcase.
  2. Helen took everything from her suitcase.

Which one has the same meaning as the original sentence?

  • took out of, or
  • took from.
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    Both choices are equivalent in meaning to the original. – P. E. Dant Oct 4 '16 at 3:32

In nearly every case

took out of


took from

will have similar meanings of removing something from somewhere.

However, without additional context, "took out of" may be more neutral in connotation, whereas "took from" may imply removal from ownership of someone else.

The money was taken out of her purse.
The money was taken from her purse.

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