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    When it comes to stopping the operation of an electronic device, is there any difference between the two phrases?
    As to "turn off", what devices that needs no electricity to work such as "tap" can be its objective? (Ex: I turned off the tap.)
    I can't think of any except "tap".

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    Default Re: turn off / switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    When it comes to stopping the operation of an electronic device, is there any difference between the two phrases?
    As to "turn off", what devices that needs no electricity to work such as "tap" can be its objective? (Ex: I turned off the tap.)
    I can't think of any except "tap".
    You can use either "switch off" or "turn off" for electrical and electronic devices. As you say, we use "turn off" for taps.

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    Default Re: turn off / switch off

    Not a teacher.

    I would say, especially concerning electric devices, that whenever a device is turned off by use of a switch, then turning off and switching off are the same.

    Regarding your second question, you could turn off a car or a lawn mower or other internal-cumbustion engine. You could also turn off gas lighting, a gas stove, etc.

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    Default Re: turn off / switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by Drear Pooson View Post
    I would say, especially concerning electric devices, that whenever a device is turned off by use of a switch, then turning off and switching off are the same.

    Regarding your second question, you could turn off a car or a lawn mower or other internal-combustion engine. You could also turn off gas lighting, a gas stove, etc.
    You are right, but I do also use 'switch off' these things. I don't recommend it, but you'll hear it.

    I am fairly sure that I only 'turn off' a tap/faucet.

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