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    Default I can't think of it off hand.

    Hello,
    Could you tell me what is the function of "off-hand" in the following sentence?

    1. I can't think of it off hand.
    Is "off-hand" here adjective? Is the below sentence full one of the above?
    2. I can't think of it that is off hand.
    Thank you!

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    Default Re: I can't think of it off hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Hello,
    Could you tell me what is the function of "off-hand" in the following sentence?

    1. I can't think of it off hand.
    Is "off-hand" here adjective? Is the below sentence full one of the above?
    2. I can't think of it that is off hand.
    Thank you!
    It's an adverb in #1. Have a look here: offhand adverb - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
    #2 is not a correct sentence.

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    Default Re: I can't think of it off hand.

    Thank you.
    Is this sentence correct?
    I can't think of any off hand.
    Does "any" mean "anything"?
    I can't think of anything off hand.
    I think after "of" we have to use a noun but "any" here is adverb.

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    Default Re: I can't think of it off hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thank you.
    Is this sentence correct?
    I can't think of any off hand. Yes.
    Does "any" mean "anything"? Yes, or any one.
    I can't think of anything off hand.
    I think after "of" we have to use a noun but "any" here is adverb.
    I would say that any in this context is an adjective. "Can you suggest any good restaurants in this area?"
    "I can't think of any (good restaurants) off hand."

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    Default Re: I can't think of it off hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post

    Does "any" mean "anything"?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    Hello,


    I just want to congratulate you on being such a good student.

    You might like to know that many (!) years ago, "anything" was spelled as two words: any thing.

    Thus, as riquecohen told us, the adjective "any" could refer to any noun:

    Do you happen to know of any barbers offhand?
    I can't think of any politicians offhand that I admire.
    Can you recommend a grammar helpline offhand? (Of course, I can!)


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    Default Re: I can't think of it off hand.

    Thank you for encouraging me, TheParser:
    Can I ask you some questions that make me confused?
    I can't think of any politicians offhand that I admire.
    In the above sentence, I think that offhand is an adverb and it modifies the verb "think". And if so, can I put "offhand" before or after "think" like this?
    I can't offhand think of any politicians that I admire.
    OR
    I can't think offhand of any politicians that I admire.

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    Default Re: I can't think of it off hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post

    I can't think of any politicians offhand that I admire.
    In the above sentence, I think that offhand is an adverb and it modifies the verb "think". And if so, can I put "offhand" before or after "think" like this?
    I can't offhand think of any politicians that I admire.
    OR
    I can't think offhand of any politicians that I admire.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****Wow! What a great student you are. When I typed that sentence, I debated with myself where to place the adverb.

    As you know, adverbs can be placed in many positions.

    As a non-teacher, I must be very careful not to give out wrong information.

    1. "I can't offhand think of any politicians that I admire." Personally, I am pretty sure that some native speakers would accept this -- especially, if one paused before and after the adverb.

    2. "I can't think offhand of any politicians that I admire." I think that this sentence of yours is probably better than the one that I chose for my first post, for it keeps the adjective clause ("that I admire") right after the word ("politicians") that it modifies.

    (Remember: if any teacher disagrees with my views, s/he is correct, not I.)


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    Default Re: I can't think of it off hand.

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    I believe that you can also say, 'Offhand, I can't think of any politicians that I admire.'
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 30-Oct-2012 at 15:52.

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    Default Re: I can't think of it off hand.

    Thank you very much!
    I appreciate your help and comments.
    Now I can use it, without a doubt.

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