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    Re: of or off?

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    Incidentally, I would not interchange off/from in the following example:

    Finding my misplaced creditcard took a load of grief off me. I had been getting a load of grief from my wife for losing it!

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    Re: of or off?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, I'm sure you do. However, it's not the sort of English that we teach to students.
    I forgot to ask earlier:
    Do you/this forum consider "non-standard" to be the same as "informal"?
    And if different, the second sentence in the OP, is it "non-standard"?

    BTW, I also teach both formal and informal writing.
    Last edited by mxreader; 06-Mar-2012 at 15:17.

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    Re: of or off?

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    I can't speak for the forum, but I can't see how "non-standard" would ever be the the same as "informal". I'm sure there is some overlap, but clearly they don't mean the same thing. If you really want to confuse things, throw in "normal" and "typical", and maybe even "educated", for qualifiers I've read here.
    Last edited by BobSmith; 08-Mar-2012 at 02:53. Reason: terrible spelling

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    Re: of or off?

    Quote Originally Posted by mxreader View Post
    Good point. What do you think of "wanna" and "gonna"?

    BTW I do teach about informal constructions in conversational English. ESL students do need to recognise them after all.
    I think informal language is important- they're going to come across it all the time, so knowing how/when/whether to use it can be useful.

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    Re: of or off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think informal language is important- they're going to come across it all the time, so knowing how/when/whether to use it can be useful.
    I'm glad to hear it coming from you Tdol. I was beginning to think that this forum had other ideas about it. So bahsaihab's comment was only his opinion.

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    Re: of or off?

    Quote Originally Posted by mxreader View Post
    So bahsaihab's comment was only his opinion.
    We are not gods here. All of us can give no more than our opinion.

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    Re: of or off?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We are not gods here. All of us can give no more than our opinion.
    I take my hat off to you and bhaisahab for your dedication and willingness to give of yourself by serving in this forum. You have undoubtedly helped countless. Certainly, in my book, you have earned the right to act like gods.

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