Common Mistakes with independent

Which one is correct? Independent of or independent from? So I am going to tell you the answer of this question which is one of English Common Mistakes with independent

I want tell you some points about the adjective “independent” which is related to its prepositions. To know the common mistakes with independent Let’s check the its meaning before going to its prepositions. Here is the definition of independent in some dictionaries:


adjective /ˌindəˈpendənt/
• SELF-GOVERNING, self-ruling, self-determining, sovereign, autonomous, autarchic, free, non-aligned.
e.g. an independent country.

• SEPARATE, different, unconnected, unrelated, dissociated, discrete.
e.g. Two independent groups of biologists verified the results. 

• PRIVATE, non-state-run, private-sector, fee-paying; privatized, denationalized.
e.g. an independent school 

• SELF-SUFFICIENT, self-supporting, self-reliant, standing on one’s own two feet.
e.g. her grown-up, independent children. 

• IMPARTIAL, unbiased, unprejudiced, neutral, disinterested, uninvolved, uncommitted, detached, dispassionate, objective, non-partisan, non-discriminatory, with no axe to grind, without fear or favour.
e.g. independent advice 

• FREETHINKING, free, individualistic, unconventional, maverick, bold, unconstrained, unfettered, untrammelled.
e.g. an independent spirit. 

Opposites: subservient, related, public, biased.


not influenced or controlled by other people but free to make your own decisions

• an independent thinker
• Congress called for the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the president.
• Now that Jean’s got a job, she’s financially independent (= she does not need money from other people).

Based on the above definitions for the word “independent” has the following meanings as an adjective:

  • (of a country) self-governing
  • to be free from outside control
  • not subject to another’s authority
  • not belonging to or supported by a political party
  • (of broadcasting, a school, etc.) not supported by public funds
  • not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence
  • capable of thinking or acting for oneself
  • not connected with another or with each other; separate

as a noun it means:

  • congregationalist
  • an independent person or body
  • an independent political candidate

Most of English learners usually make a mistake on using independent with the proper preposition, and they use “from” instead of “of” . So you need to be very careful not to make this mistake while “independent” never takes “for” as a preposition.

Common Mistakes #52

Common Mistakes with independent
Common Mistakes with independent

× He’s independent from his parents.

 He’s independent of his parents.

As you can see from the above example we must use of with “independent” while some English learners think that it is needed to use from, so it is important to be aware of this common mistake. Look at the following examples:

× I could be independent from my parents finally.

 I could be independent of my parents finally.


× To be independent from your own is the first step to be succeed in your work.

 To be independent of your own is the first step to be succeed in your work.


× I used to be independent from any body in my life.

 I used to be independent of any body in my life.

Common Mistakes with independent
Common Mistakes with independent

× The kid is independent from his parents for walking now.

 The kid is independent of his parents for walking now.

here are some other examples on how to use independent with proper preposition “of”:

They have made independent of science.

He is completely independent of the others.

Human is capable of making choices independent of the environment.

The new update of software is independent of  RAM and CPU attributes.

Our time is independent of what we are doing for completing the project.

The investigation should be independent of what government want s to be.

These risks are not independent of the risk of working directly on the probe.

My project was completed independent of the resources which were available.

The officer is authorizing the informant should be independent of the investigation.


It is possible to use the preposition “on” with dependent in some cases. Notice the following Example:

Helen is dependent on her parents.

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