I've quite seen a lot of both cases but I couldn't tell what's the difference here. Please help.

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    I’d use “from”. Using “with” sounds a bit like the phone call is being treated as an individual: I got upset with the doctor. But even using “from” the sentence is not very idiomatic. The more common phrasing is, I was upset by the the phone call. or The phone call was upsetting. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:34

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There are a few prepositions that can be used after upset:

They’re all still very upset about losing the case.

He was upset over a disagreement with his boss.

I am still upset by what you said.

Macmillan Dictionary lists by, over and about as the prepositions used with upset. But there may be some other ones:

He was upset at missing all the excitement.

I think she may be a bit upset with you.

(from Online Oxford Collocation Dictionary)

From after upset is definitely not the most common choice. Click here for details. It doesn't mean that upset and from can't be found together: But as their life improved financially, she continued to get upset from time to time. But it's about the phrase from time to time.

All in all, about, by and over should be interchangeable (I was upset by/over/about the phone call). If you want to mention a person after upset, with or at may be the best choice:

I don't know what I've done to make you upset at me. (source)

Husbands, if your wife is upset with you, go to her and understand why she is upset. (source)

  • Thank you. Frankly, I was wondering "to get turned on [ with / from ]", but I was afraid of getting my post deleted, so I changed it. Could you be nice and explain what's the difference between "with" and "from" here?
    – dolco
    Feb 14, 2020 at 4:33
  • @dolco Please post another question about it because you are asking about a totally different verb. You'll be able to get better answers like that. 😉
    – Enguroo
    Feb 14, 2020 at 5:54

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