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    "Turn foo off" vs "Turn off foo"

    Which of these do you prefer?

    1)
    Turn off the blue switch
    Turn the blue switch off.

    2)
    Switch off the operation.
    Switch the operation off.

    3)
    Click here to switch off the operation.
    Click here to switch the operation off.

    4)
    Click here to turn off the quantization of the proton-neutron conglomerate.
    Click here to turn the quantization of the proton-neutron conglomerate off.
    Last edited by Casiopea; 30-Jun-2007 at 07:39.

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    Re: "Turn foo off" vs "Turn off foo"

    Welcome, Blue Frog.

    The phrasal verbs turn off and switch off are separable, so both forms are acceptable:

    turn off something <never, turn off it>
    switch off something <never, switch off it>

    turn something off
    switch something off

    If, however, the verb's object is fairly long, as in example 4), it's best not to separate the phrasal verb. It's not a rule. It's just being kind to your reader.

    4) Click here to turn off the ....


    Read more here:
    What are Phrasal Verbs? - Phrasal Verbs Explained for ESL Students
    http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/phrasal-verbs/

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    Re: "Turn foo off" vs "Turn off foo"

    Thank you so much, just as I expected, but English being my second language I feared maybe one was more "proper" than the other.

    Truly appreciate the help.

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    Re: "Turn foo off" vs "Turn off foo"

    You're most welcome.

    Please remember, consistency is also important.

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    Re: "Turn foo off" vs "Turn off foo"

    So what you mean by consistency is pick one and stick to it throughout the book?

    For example always use "turn on the switch" and never "turn the switch on" would be fine?

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    Re: "Turn foo off" vs "Turn off foo"

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Frog View Post
    So what you mean by consistency is pick one and stick to it throughout the book?
    Right.

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