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Many languages possess ''verbs of removal'' that show the following alternation:
1. John cleared the dishes off/from the table. 2. John emptied the water from the bathtub.
3. John cleared the table of the dishes. 4. John emptied the bathtub of the water.
I'm only interested in the variants (3)-(4), where the location is expressed as a direct object and the ''stuff'' as an oblique PP.
If you speak a language that has something like (3)-(4), I'd be interested to see the translations. I'm particularly interested in the shape of the preposition(s) in these examples, so please gloss them in detail.