Require of/from

Can you say that you require more of your tools? What about require from?

Is demand better, and should it in that case be of or from?


  • For a bit of context: 'If your job requires more of you, you should require more of your equipment.'

    It's possible that if 'from' is used in the second part of the construction, it ought also be used in the first part.

    At the moment, everything is starting to look in turns equally preposterous and equally acceptable to me.

    The 'of' construction contains, perhaps, a greater level of ambiguity even if acceptable.

  • There are two ways to approach the question:

    1. Look it up in the best available dictionary.

    2. Search data banks aka corpora of texts.

    For the latter, you need

    • access to data — no longer a problem in this internet age

    • a little specialist knowledge

    • a search plan for a pair of words separated — possibly by much more than the word more, as in your
    ...................................require more of...............................

    Good luck with that. Meanwhile, this is what the OED says

    6 b. trans. To demand (a thing) authoritatively or as a right; to demand, claim, or insist on having (something) from or of someone.

    This is followed by example quotations dating from a1382 to 2001. Some are without any preposition. Of the rest, of is much more frequent that from.

    I suspect it would be fair to conclude that require of is the norm — or at any has been the norm until the present. However, this is when the thing is required of a person. Perhaps your example

    'If your job requires more of you, you should require more of your equipment.'

    sounds a tiny bit odd because of the second clause, which might rather inappropriately suggest personification of your equipment.

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