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Dear Ted:

Is it "to get the most OUT OF something" or "to get the most FROM something"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

As always, many, many thanks for your kind help.

All the best,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  Dear Ted:

Is it "to get the most OUT OF something" or "to get the most FROM something"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

*** They mean the same thing.  "From" is more formal; "out of" is mostly used in
colloquial speaking or writing.

Would you please give me some examples?

OUT OF -- I am trying to get the best sex out of Maria, before I drop her and date
other girls.

I tried to get the stain out of my tie, but no cleaning agent worked.

FROM -- In order to get the best from your piano lessons, you should practice each day.

Companies get the most attention from the politicians to whom they have contributed the most money.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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