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What is the difference in the meaning of the following two sentences?

  1. Ägypten hat ein großes Angebot an Museen.
  2. Ägypten hat ein großes Angebot von Museen.
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Ägypten hat ein großes Angebot an Museen.

Ägypten hat ein großes Angebot von Museen.

In this context of a selection of offers, both mean the same. The phrase with an sounds better.

But be careful, there's another context in which Angebot an/von means you are making/receiving an actual offer:

Dieses Angebot an euch gilt nur heute.

Dieses Angebot von euch gilt nur heute.

Here, only an/von determines who makes the offer. The speaker (an) or euch (von).

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  • To me, "großes Angebot von Museen" is something some museums offer (a big offer from/by these museums), not the same as "großes Angebot an Museen", i.e. a big supply of museums. Jan 2, 2019 at 23:10
  • Not if you prefix it with Ägypten hat ein.
    – Janka
    Jan 3, 2019 at 0:24
  • To me, Ägypten hat ein großes Angebot von Museen sounds wrong. Sounds as if Egypt got a generous offer from some museums, not as if Egypt has a plentitude of museums. Only Ägypten hat ein großes Angebot an Museen sounds right to me. Jan 3, 2019 at 8:00
  • Unfortunately, people use the phrase with von quite often.
    – Janka
    Jan 3, 2019 at 10:15
  • People do a lot of unfortunate things. Doesn't mean they are right. Many times, people say "Platzangst" if they actually mean claustrophobia. Jan 3, 2019 at 13:37
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Despite the accepted answer, I'll answer with my view on this.

To me, von sounds wrong, in this context.

It sounds as if some museums made a generous offer to the state of Egypt, which is probably not what is meant.

  • Ein großes Angebot an Museen means something like a plentitude of museums or, more closely, a large selection of museums, while
  • ein großes Angebot von Museen means something like a generous offer from (some) museums.
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According to Duden – Richtiges und gutes Deutsch (various editions), both versions are correct and have the same meaning:

(…) In der Bedeutung »angebotene Warenmenge« wird Angebot mit von oder an verbunden: Das Angebot von / an Gemüse war gering. (…)

However, newer editions mark the version with an as recommended.

A similar example with corresponding translation can be found in Duden-Oxford - Großwörterbuch Englisch:

das Angebot an od. von Gemüse ist immer saisonabhängig the selection of vegetables available always depends on the season;

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Angebot an means offer to someone (if you are a seller) Angebot von has the meaning for counter partner. ( if you are a buyer)

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  • Hello, Mert, and welcome to GermanSE! While you are right in general, in OP’s example sentences, the answer by Janka is more likely to be correct.
    – Philipp
    Jan 4, 2019 at 14:45

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