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What does "be made out of" mean? Is it different from "be made of"?


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You can use either "made out of" or made of to say that something has been created using a something, so that the original thing is completely changed. Ex: The new boat was made of bamboo. Ex: The dinner forks were made out of solid gold. There is a slight nuance in which if something has been produced from another thing in an unusual or surprising way, you usually use "made out of". Ex: Her hat was actually made out of plastic bags. Aside from this however the two phrases are essentially interchangeable and mean the same thing.

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