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    Default what the use of start off when start give the meaning

    Hello teachers ..
    I came across to this sentences which confussed me
    " I have been forming a routine to start my week off in the right
    direction."
    I cheacked the dictionary to see what does it mean
    I found that it mean " start "
    my question here is that why we use ( off ) with (start) to give the meaning of ( start ) as a single ..
    and when we use ( off ) with (start )
    thanks in advance
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    Default Re: what the use of start off when start give the meaning

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    Off here is I think a sort of intensifier-- it heightens the image. Its source is probably the adverb meaning from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete) (Example: "Went off to school").
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    Default Re: what the use of start off when start give the meaning

    thanks a lot dear
    Do you mean that we use off with such verbs when we need to heighten the image of any action
    again thanks teacher

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    Default Re: what the use of start off when start give the meaning

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    I wouldn't presume that this is an all-inclusive, or even a predominant, use-- just one of the meanings of off: I finished off the pizza.
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    Default Re: what the use of start off when start give the meaning

    I got it ..thanks
    but what about this sentence
    " All I have in this world up for sale , for a flag and free land .
    why do we use up here when omitting it won't change the meaning ?
    I just confuss with such sentence

    regards

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    Default Re: what the use of start off when start give the meaning

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    Again, such adverbs had colour or dimension to the statement. Up here means presented/displayed/advertised/'up on the auction block'.
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    Default Re: what the use of start off when start give the meaning

    Oh!!! thanks a lot teacher for you help

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