I scrape ice of the car

Can we use 'from' instead of 'of' if yes, why is 'of' preferred here?

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    "of" is just a typo. It should have been "off" instead – Amir Uval Mar 16 '17 at 12:40
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is based on a typo of of instead of off. – Drew Mar 16 '17 at 14:46
  • I dont know how to close a question, you can tell me. – Fuad Ak Mar 17 '17 at 15:57

You can scrape the ice from the car, never of the car (the ice doesn't belong to the car). You can however scrape the ice off the car.


This phrase is not idiomatic. You scrape something off something else; and from works as well but is used less often – see this Google Ngram query.

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  • They are also semantically different. "from" implies that that car has ice inside – Amir Uval Mar 16 '17 at 12:43
  • I disagree. "Off" excludes the idea that the ice may be inside the car but "from" doesn't imply that it is, just that it could be. – Mike C Mar 16 '17 at 13:49

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