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    using "off"

    Hi , well, my answer is very common, I`d like to know where and when I can use "off". It`s a question that I always I`ve had it...

    thanks..

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    Re: using "off"

    Quote Originally Posted by macd View Post
    Hi , well, my answer is very common, I`d like to know where and when I can use "off". It`s a question that I always I`ve had it...

    thanks..
    I think you just need some practice with English conversations to see where/when you can use it and where/when you shouldn't use it. Can you give examples?


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    Quote Originally Posted by macd View Post
    Hi , well, my answer is very common, I`d like to know where and when I can use "off". It`s a question that I always I`ve had it...

    thanks..

    Welcome, macd.

    Can you provide some examples of where you think it might be used?

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    Re: using "off"

    Hey,

    that's a problem I come across with my student a lot as well. Most of the times it's in connection with a verb. And with those 'proverbs' you don't have much choice but to learn them by heart.

    Examples: to cut off sth with scissors, to tell sb off = tell sb they did something bad, to turn off the TV, etc.

    A lot of times when you use 'off' it implies that you somehow separate sth. But sometimes there is only one 'f' when you might expect an 'off', like:

    to get rid of sth.

    The only advice I can give you is: when in doubt, look it up in the dictionary and learn it by heart, as there is now proper rule that applies which would tell you that you only use a certain preposition with a certain word. It all depends on the context.

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    By the way, it wasn't an answer you had, but a question

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