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    slipped off/slipped out of

    The ring slipped off my finger into the well while I was leaning over it(the well).

    Is this sentence correct?

    Also, Can I replace the "slipped off my finger" with "slipped out of my finger"?


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    Re: slipped off/slipped out of

    - " Slip off" refer to involuntary things and we can't control .
    Eg:I slip off the floor and fall down
    - "Slip out off" refer to something we do it intentionally and don't expect any detection.
    Eg: He slip out off the room.


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    Re: slipped off/slipped out of

    Thank you friends.

    He slip out off the room.
    This sentence seems to be incorrect according to me. Because I think it could be "I slip out of the room," but still it also doesn't make sense.


    Would anyone comment on this?

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    Re: slipped off/slipped out of

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    This sentence [he slip out of the room] seems to be incorrect according to me. Because I think it could be "I slip out of the room," but still it also doesn't make sense.

    Would anyone comment on this?
    [1]He slipped out of the meeting to make a phone call.

    Slip out of means to move or go quietly, cautiously, or unobtrusively. Past tense, slipped out.


    [2] The ring slipped off (of) my finger.

    Slip off of is a set phrase and of is usually omitted (...). Past tense, slipped off (of).


    [3] The ring slipped out of my hand.
    [4] The ring slipped from my hand.

    Both express the same meaning.

    [5] The ring slipped off (of) my finger.
    [6] The ring slipped out (of) my finger.

    A ring goes on your finger and it comes off your finger; on and off. Now, a ring can't go in your finger and so it can't go out of your finger, and the reason [6] the ring slipped out of my finger is incorrect. But if you use your fingers to hold the ring, then:

    Plural: The ring slipped out of my fingers.
    => you were holding the ring with two or more fingers.

    Singular: The ring slipped off of my finger.
    => the ring was on your finger.

    Does that help?

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    Re: slipped off/slipped out of

    Nicely done, Cas!

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