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    Default I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    like a titles, if i change that went out to went off, meaning of that sentence is changed so much or just not fitable to grammer?

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    "be/go out like a light" is a rather fixed expression, so saying "went off like a light" sounds strange.

    It's very common to say "the lights go out" when you don't expect the lights to be turned off.

    "There was a very big storm last night and all our lights went out." (We lost electricity)
    "There was a bolt of lightning and then all the lights in our neighborhood went out." (From houses, street lamps, etc)
    "Do you have any light bulbs? This light's out." (This light bulb is dead)

    Also common when telling children what time they have to go to bed, is "lights out," as in:

    "Alright kids, go brush your teeth. It's lights out at 9 o'clock."
    "Go put your toys away, lights out at eight."

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    When the lights "go out", it's an unexpected event, compared to turning the lights "off", which is purposeful.

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    Welcome to the forum chungjaeuk.

    Please remember to start your sentences with a capital letter. Note my corrections to you post, below:
    Quote Originally Posted by chungjaeuk View Post
    like aAs I asked in the titles, if i I change that "went out" to "went off", is the meaning of that sentence is changed so much, or is it ust not fitable to grammer grammatical?

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    When the lights "go out", it's an unexpected event, compared to turning the lights "off", which is purposeful.
    In BrE you can turn the light off or out.

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    "I was so tired that I went out like a light"

    The verb "went out" fits well in this context because the speaker wants to say that he went to sleep immediately like the light goes off/out when you just turn it off.

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    Quote Originally Posted by nedira View Post
    "I was so tired that I went out like a light"

    The verb "went out" fits well in this context because the speaker wants to say that he went to sleep immediately like the light goes off/out when you just turn it off.
    Then why not use "I was so tired that I went off like a light" (which is the OPs question)?

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In BrE you can turn the light off or out.
    You can in AmE too, but "out" has the ring of going to bed (or perhaps closing up shop), whereas "off" is more general.

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Then why not use "I was so tired that I went off like a light" (which is the OPs question)?
    Because, as FreeToyInside explained: "be/go out like a light" is a rather fixed expression, so saying "went off like a light" sounds strange.

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    Default Re: I was so tired that I went out like a light. isn't change it to went off?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Because, as FreeToyInside explained: "be/go out like a light" is a rather fixed expression, so saying "went off like a light" sounds strange.
    I know that. But nedira seemed to suggest it was ok.

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