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Which is correct? Voller or voll von?

  1. Ich habe ein Haus voller Blumen gesehen.

  2. Ich habe ein Haus voll von Blumen gesehen.

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Both are correct. There is a perposition, actually derived from the adjective voll, to denote that something is full: voller, in the meaning angefüllt mit. The choice you do, it's a matter of style.

An example (due to Emmanuel) is

Vieler Hände Arbeit ~ Arbeit vieler Hände ~ Arbeit von vielen Händen

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    Wouldn't "voller Blumen" be rather equivalent to "von vollen Blumen?" (though I agree it doesn't make sense)?
    – persson
    Dec 11, 2013 at 9:21
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    @karoshi I don't think so. Try adding an adjective: voll mit schönen Blumen vs. voll schöner Blumen.
    – c.p.
    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:59
  • Since "das Buch meiner Mutter" -> "das Buch von meiner Mutter", "ein Haus voller Blumen" should also be equivalent to "ein Haus von vollen Blumen".
    – persson
    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:36
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    @karoshi grammatically correct, but thanks to the ambivalence of "voller" ("voll von" vs. fem. pl. "voll"), it makes more sense to interpret this as "voll von".
    – Vogel612
    Dec 11, 2013 at 12:58
  • I wasn't aware of this ambivalence. Thanks!
    – persson
    Dec 11, 2013 at 13:01
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As said already, both are correct.
To add another option, it is also possible to say:

Ich habe ein Haus voll mit Blumen.

Especially used in the following case:

Ich habe einen Kühlschrank voll mit Getränken.

which translates to

I have a fridge full of beverages.

I don't know anybody who would say

Ich habe einen Kühlschrank voll von Getränken.

Edit
For clearification: I don't want to say it would be wrong to say voll von Getränken. It may just sound strange and/or uncommon to some people. I have never heard it being used.

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    "Nobody would say" sounds like an awful generalization. While it might be rare in spoken usage, it is a perfectly fine and common phrase in written, especially formal language. Dec 11, 2013 at 8:42
  • Mh you may be right, I'll rephrase it.
    – Armunin
    Dec 11, 2013 at 8:54
  • Although I for one would not hesitate to say: "Ich habe einen Kühlschrank voller Getränke."
    – Ingmar
    Dec 11, 2013 at 9:16
  • Yeah ofc voller Getränke would be fine for me as well. But I have never heard someone say voll von Getränken or voll von Essen.
    – Armunin
    Dec 11, 2013 at 9:17
  • "voll von Getränken" klingt falsch für mich. Das würde ich noch nicht mal über Personen sagen, die zu viel getrunken haben.
    – Robert
    Dec 11, 2013 at 14:44

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