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The wall was built from bricks.

The wall was built of bricks.

Which sentence is more correct and is there any difference?

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  • Paper is made from wood, but a wooden furniture is made of wood. – iBug Feb 4 '18 at 14:25
  • Ngram = 'Built from'/'Built of'/'Built out of'.books.google.com/ngrams/… – Nigel J Feb 4 '18 at 16:53

I would say The wall was built of bricks is more correct.

Consider these two sentences:

Paper is made from wood.

The frame is made of wood.

Here, of indicates direct material. The frame is constructed by cutting and combining wood. for indicates indirect material. Paper is made by processing wood through a lot of complex procedures, after which it's no longer wood.

The same applies to "build". Since the wall is built by piling bricks up and mounting them, no complex procedure that makes brick lose its attributes exist. Therefore it's better to say is built of bricks.

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