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. Jan 11, 2019 at 20:16

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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, 2019 at 20:35
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    Yes, you can say either of those.
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 11, 2019 at 20:38
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    Forster Square, I bet. In a Class 333. Jan 11, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 at 21:03

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