- Idiom -
The proper way to say something in English is often a matter of custom. Accepted usage dictates that it be said a certain way. This is idiom. For example:
Many trackers were known to die from exhaustion.
This is not idiomatic. The usual, and therefore proper, version is:
Many trackers were known to die of exhaustion.
Several more examples follow:
The pagoda is able to distinguish yin and yang.
The pagoda is able to distinguish yin from yang.
Baosheng is not worried over the hazards of the path.
Baosheng is not worried about the hazards of the path.
The trackers attribute their safety as being from the pagoda.
The trackers attribute their safety to the pagoda.
To elaborate on their differences, he compared the yin to the yang.
To elaborate on their differences, he compared the yin with the yang.
Baosheng compared the pagoda with a friendly spirit.
Baosheng compared the pagoda to a friendly spirit.
Note: Consult a good dictionary if you are unsure whether a phrase is idiomatic. (To find it, look up the most significant word in the phrase -- it is usually a verb.)