I would like to know which preposition to use - by or from in the following sentence:
- It was handed down to me from/by my dad.
Examples of both can be found on the free dictionary website, and I don't know if they are interchangeable or BE and AE difference. are there any subtle variations in usage.
After some research, I hypothesised that if 'to' is in the sentence, I also need 'from'. Otherwise, 'by' is used.
- The guilty verdict was passed down by the jury.
Please give a detail answer that would explain the differences. Many thanks.