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    "The mistake put the calculation out by a factor of 2."
    "The mistake put the calculation off by a factor of 2."

    Is the second one standard English?

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    Re: Put Off, Out

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    I would use "threw off". I can't say I've ever heard "put off" used like this, but maybe it's BrE. Same thing for "put out", but I'm inclined to think that one is just plain wrong.

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