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Why is it that we don't use from after escape in the following sentence ?

No one knows, how he escaped being dashed to pieces .

Is there any grammar rule like we have to use helping Verb after escaped ? I am not a native speaker but to my ears the sentence with from sounds better : No ones knows, how he escaped from being dashed to pieces. I know its wrong but just want to know the grammar rule for it.

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"Escape from" most often takes a place:

Houdini escaped from the coffin.

Otherwise, the "from" is dropped, and the meaning is usually "avoided":

The criminal escaped detection.

I escaped having to talk to my father-in-law.

There are certainly marginal cases. But "escaped from being dashed to pieces" is unnatural. Oh, and "escape from" appears in some set phrases, such as "escape from harm".

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The idiom is typically used in the following sentence structure: "Escape from [something] to [somewhere]"

E.g.,

  • Tom escaped from the disaster
  • The survivors escaped the monster to a hidden cave

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