I understand the phrases made of and made from from the questions and answers provided here and here.

Yet I came across three more phrases: made out of, made of, and made with which I think are related to the subject in question.

Would you please help me understand how to differentiate these phrases too? And how is their usage?


It seems ...

made of = made out of - OALD puts of in parenthesis i.e. it's optional.

Made with is less common in the context we are thinking. It means to proceed with doing, showing of as in *make with music. (Collins) * I also notice make with love on the SERPs.

And to conclude, we generally use made of when the original material remains what it is and made from when the original material changes its avatar. You already mentioned those two questions.

Good read on BBC.

  • My confusion is this: should we say that this object is made with iron, glass, wood, etc. or this object is made from (out of) iron, glass, wood, etc. that is when there are many components that are used to make an object. – Lucian Sava May 30 '14 at 9:17
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    Of course, if the new thing keeps its original thing (ingredient?) intact, it's made of. The house is made of bricks.* If the original material loses its original shape, texture or form, it's from. A paper is made from trees. Good read here on BBC bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1837_aae/… So, in your case where multiple things are used to make something, it's made OF because the metals remain intact. answers.ask.com/business/constructions_and_materials/… – Maulik V May 30 '14 at 9:24
  • As you can see on only this page: indianfood.about.com/od/sweetsanddesserts/tp/milkdesserts.htm I found to be used all: with, from, of. Maybe it doesn’t matter what preposition we use? – Lucian Sava May 30 '14 at 9:38
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    @LucianSava In food (dishes) it talks about the ingredients used. With is okay that way. But then let it make easy for you. Ask yourself, can you identify the fruit in the dish as it is in its original form? If the answer is yes then go for of and if you cannot make it out by its appearance (and not taste), it's from. :) – Maulik V May 30 '14 at 9:45

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