I was under the impression that “left” and “left from” have very different meanings – for example, we can say:

“The car left the garage an hour ago”


“A pile of rubble is all that’s left from the garage after the bombing”,

However, it is incorrect to say:

“The car left from the garage”.

Am I right or wrong?

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    There's nothing wrong with saying that the car left from the garage. Adding the preposition is not something we would normally do, but it's fine to do so. – Jason Bassford Jan 11 '19 at 20:16

There's nothing wrong with using "left from" (in the sense you object to). It isn't usual, except in the case where you are specifying more precisely where the journey started, for example:

He left Bradford this morning. Oh, which station did he leave from?

  • But I still can say “all that’s left from the garage after the bombing” or is it better to say “left of the garage”? – Zak Jan 11 '19 at 20:35
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    Yes, you can say either of those. – Colin Fine Jan 11 '19 at 20:38
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    Forster Square, I bet. In a Class 333. – Michael Harvey Jan 11 '19 at 23:24
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    @Zak: a temporary station was built in 1992 while they rebuilt the main station with a new shopping centre. The temporary station is still there. (This is off topic). – Colin Fine Jan 12 '19 at 20:00
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    We'd have to ask @MichaelHarvey, but I don't think it is a joke. I think he's just showing off local knowledge. – Colin Fine Jan 12 '19 at 21:03

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