Grammar GuideSpellingWhat is the difference between 'from' and 'form'?

What is the difference between 'from' and 'form'?

What is the difference between 'from' and 'form'?

The words from and form are often confused by writers. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

From means with the source or provenance of or at when used as a preposition.

Form means to do with shape or an official document when used as a noun.

Form is also used as a verb. It means to give shape or visible structure to (a thing or person).

A good way to remember the difference is Get the FORM FROM the receptionist.

Out of the two words, 'from' is the most common. It appears about nine times more frequently than 'form'.



It's easy to confuse form and from because they look almost identical. Let's discuss the differences between these words.

From is a preposition that refers to a starting point, time, location, or source.

Form is a noun with two meanings. It can mean a shape or substance. It can also mean a document with blank spaces to input information. Form can also be a verb that means to give form or shape to.

Should I use 'from time to time' or 'form time to time'?

The right phrase is 'from time to time'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct expression 'from the United States' or 'form the United States'?

You should use 'from the United States'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the right expression 'from the fact that' or 'form the fact that'?

The right expression is 'from the fact that'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

What's the correct phrase 'from the point of' or 'form the point of'?

You should use 'from the point of'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should I use 'from side to side' or 'form side to side'?

The correct phrase is 'from side to side'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Some synonyms of form are: shape, fashion, substance, solidify, fuse

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary and Merriam-Webster.

Dictionary Definition of fromDictionary Definition of form

Examples of from in a sentence

Presumably they had learned his from the website mentioned on the jacket of his latest book.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
It was rather entirely external, coming from the minds of others.
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
FROM THE PAGES OF
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
Korzeth was only fourteen when he seized the throne from his aged father.
- Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
He pounded on the earth, trying to keep the hands from pulling him under.It wasn't working.
- Beyond belief by Roy Johansen

Examples of form in a sentence

She was a twinned soul without form.
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
She acted true to form and demanded a commission from my earnings.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
And, more precisely, language in any form.
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec
Love appears in some shape or form, at the very worst, as it is now, between the two stars.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
Now that I’ve done that, I’ll have to see a driver’s license and have you sign this form.”
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub