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    - She never offers to pay when we eat out, even though she's much better off than me.

    In this sentence, "to be off" means to have more money, am I right?
    In what other kinds of sentences and situations can I use this "be off" with this meaning? Do you use it just when talking about money?

    Thank you very much.

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    To be "better off" than someone else means that you are in a better situation than they are. In the case above, it does mean that "she" has more money than "I" have.
    "Better off" does not have to refer to money, nor does it have to be relative to someone else. For example, you could say "You're better off staying indoors until the rain stops". The opposite of "better off" is "worse off", and it is used in exactly the same manner.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: be off

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    To be "better off" than someone else means that you are in a better situation than they are. In the case above, it does mean that "she" has more money than "I" have.
    "Better off" does not have to refer to money, nor does it have to be relative to someone else. For example, you could say "You're better off staying indoors until the rain stops". The opposite of "better off" is "worse off", and it is used in exactly the same manner.
    Thank you, could you all give me some more examples of contexts where I can use "better off", please?

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    Are 10,657 examples enough for you?

    Click here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Are 10,657 examples enough for you?

    Click here.

    Rover
    They're enough for me, but I still can't understand its meaning or when you use it because in those sentences it seems to have different meanings. Can you recommend me a site or some sites where I can find explanations about this phrase and how it's used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caesar1983 View Post
    Can you recommend me a site or some sites where I can find explanations about this phrase and how it's used?
    I thought grumpy explained it very well in post #2.

    See also these similar threads:

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    Rover

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    I always considered 11,000 to be the acceptable minimum.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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