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    Smile Let's get off of the ice pack.

    Let's get off of the ice pack.



    What does the above stand-alone sample mean to you? Is it "Let's leave the ice pack?" Thanks.

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    Default Re: Let's get off of the ice pack.

    Yes - but omit "of" - get off says it all.

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    Default Re: Let's get off of the ice pack.

    Thanks, Anglika.

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    Default Re: Let's get off of the ice pack.

    The 'of' adds emphasis, A. It's an common addition to collocations like this.

    Hey, hey, you, you get off of my cloud. But often it's reduced to an "offa".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 581,000 English pages for "get off of".


    Rolling Stones
    Hey, you, get offa my cloud
    Hey, you, get offa my cloud
    Hey, you, get offa my cloud

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    Default Re: Let's get off of the ice pack.

    Thanks, riverkid.

    But what does "you get off of my cloud" mean?

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    Default Re: Let's get off of the ice pack.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, riverkid.

    But what does "you get off of my cloud" mean?
    Have a read of the lyrics, A and see if you can figure it out. Let us know if you need more help.


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    The Rolling Stones lyrics - Get Off Of My Cloud song text


    Rollingstones
    Learn about Rollingstones.
    (M. Jagger/K. Richards)


    I live in an apartment on the 99th floor of my block
    And I sit at home lookin out the window imagining the world has stopped
    The in flies a guy who's dressed up just like Union Jack
    And says, I've won five pounds if I have his kind of detergent pack

    Hey, you, get offa my cloud
    Hey, you, get offa my cloud
    Hey, you, get offa my cloud
    Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd on my cloud, baby

    The telephone is ringing I say,"Hi, it's me. Who is it there on the line?"
    A voice says, "Hi, hello, how are you? Well, I guess I'm doin' fine"
    He says, "It's 3 AM, there's too much noise, don't you people ever wanna go to
    bed?
    Just 'cause you feel so good, do you have to drive me out of my head?"

    Chorus

    I was sick and tired,fed up with this and decided to take a drive downtown
    It was so very quiet and peaceful, there was nobody, not a soul around
    I laid myself out, I was so tired, and I started to dream
    In the mornin the parkin tickets were just like rags stuck on my windscreen.

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    Default Re: Let's get off of the ice pack.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes - but omit "of" - get off says it all.
    I agree. "(get) off of" is widely considered to be substandard English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I agree. "(get) off of" is widely considered to be substandard English.
    So were split infinitives; no 'can' for permission; double negatives; and a host of other silly prescriptions, 2006. Language science has shown these to be just oft-repeated old wives tales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    So were split infinitives; no 'can' for permission; double negatives; and a host of other silly prescriptions, 2006. Language science has shown these to be just oft-repeated old wives tales.
    That is just your opinion, nothing more!

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    Default Re: Let's get off of the ice pack.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    That is just your opinion, nothing more!
    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I agree. "(get) off of" is widely considered to be substandard English.
    That's all prescriptive grammar is, 2006, mere opinion, what the CGEL calls taste tyranny.

    Show us what makes this collocation "substandard English".

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