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    keep your feet of the ground

    She travelled to a small underpriveleged village in Venezuela. Found a group of 10 ladies in the slums and spent 12 weeks teaching them how to design and produce their own simple clothing line. She also assisted them in getting their feet of the ground by helping them sell their first couple of pieces.

    What does the underlined sentence mean? It just makes little sense to me?

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    Re: keep your feet of the ground

    It should be "off the ground."

    Think of launching a business like learning to fly.

    I think this is a bit of a mixed metaphor. Normally one would just talk about helping to get the business off the ground. Feet don't normally come into it.

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    Re: keep your feet of the ground

    It's an odd use of the phrase. Usually to "keep your feet on the ground" means that you remain realistic. You keep "your head out of the clouds" by keeping "your feet on the ground."

    This really should be "get their footing," which means to give them a stable base to start their opertions.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: keep your feet of the ground

    Got it! Thanks for both your help.

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