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    Is there anything wrong with the following sentence made by me :

    He strained the water off his wet pants by wringing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Is there anything wrong with the following sentence made by me :

    He strained the water out of his wet pants by wringing them.
    "Off" implies getting the water off the surface of his pants. He wants all the water out of them.

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    In terms of physics, wringing pants is applying a strain to them. But I wouldn't say this in ordinary English.
    Why not just, "He wrung the water out of his pants." or even "He wrung out his pants".

    The reason I wouldn't use 'strain' here is that 'straining water out of something' is a different domestic process. For example, you strain water out of rice by pouring it through a strainer.

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