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Surprisingly, a feeling of tiredness may result of a lack of exercise.

Take for example the sentence above. Should I use result of or result from? What is the difference? Is there a general rule for the use of result of and result from?

  • Fyi the opposite would be: lack of exercise may result in a feeling of tiredness. – shawnt00 Jan 27 '16 at 1:26
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As a verb, result takes from, not of. (in fact there are very few verbs that take of for one of their arguments - I can't think of any)*.

As a noun, result usually takes of, rather than from.

Edit: Fumblefingers pointed out that in saying I couldn't think of any examples, I used one! But on reflection, I don't think it is a counterexample: think of is a phrasal verb, with a different meaning from think.

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    I was going to write an answer but this was already accepted. Anyway, as a noun, "Surprisingly, a feeling of tiredness may be the result of a lack of exercise." – user3169 Jan 26 '16 at 23:25
  • Adam ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. But if the best I can come up with is an antiquated biblical quote, you're probably quite right that there aren't many such verbs! – FumbleFingers Jan 26 '16 at 23:31
  • I thought of that, @Fumblefingers; but I don't think that ate governs of there: I think of is either a locative (from in modern English) or partitive (some of), but in the first case an adjunct, not an argument, and in the second a specifier within the NP. – Colin Fine Jan 26 '16 at 23:37
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    You certainly thought of a good example there. :) – FumbleFingers Jan 26 '16 at 23:47
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    @FumbleFingers: well noticed. So there is at least one! – Colin Fine Jan 26 '16 at 23:52

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