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He ran down the hall and entered his room just before two gunmen stepped out of/from the stairwell.

Is "of" or "from" or both correct here?

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  • Yeah, both work, I don't see an issue with either. I personally would have said "of" without thinking, maybe because it starts with a vowel and is easier to say? Or because when I say this sentence fast I can shorten "of" to an "uh" sound, as in "stepped outta the stairwell". You can't do that with "from".
    – mjjf
    Commented Feb 28, 2021 at 3:24

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