I am writing an essay and I was stuck in the middle of it because I was wondering if I should use from or by in this sentence:

'Incapable to detect that his own circumstances are created by/from his inability to see and act based on reality,~~~ (I have to continue)'

Should I use by or from?


There is a subtle difference between "created by" and "created from" in your sentence.

  • Created from his inability.... His circumstances had their origins at his inability...
  • Created by his inability.... His inability created the circumstances.

Your choice depends on which meaning you want to emphasize, "the origin" or "the action".

"created by" - "All those problems were created by him." (He created all those problems)

"created from" - "Several countries were created from the Ottoman Empire."
"A park was created from part of the old farm."

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