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    #1

    off or off of

    Could anybody check the following sentence
    I cant take my eyes off of you or I cant tale my eyes off you.
    I cant take my mind off of you or I cant take my mind off you
    I fell off of the bike or I fell off the bike

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    #2

    Re: off or off of

    I fell off the bike is correct.

    Living in the USA you'll hear off of a lot, but when our American friends wake up later I expect they'll confirm that the of is redundant.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Aug-2011 at 10:30.

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    Re: off or off of

    I hear "off of" a lot in the UK too. I've been hearing it all my life (that's quite a while!) and it has always jumped out at me and made me want to correct the speaker.

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    #4

    Re: off or off of

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I fell off the bike is correct.

    Living in the USA you'll hear off of a lot, but when our American friends wake up later I expect they'll confirm that the of is redundant.

    Rover
    It's unnecessary, but it isn't going anywhere. Get off of there! I can't take my eyes off of you. Rolls off of his back like water.

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    Re: off or off of

    At another forum I was a member of some years ago, many Americans were strongly against off of. Here's a comment by someone who doesn't think it's so wrong.
    Non-Errors

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