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    Hi, I heard the following utterance in some American series: "You dumped me yesterday, so you can go off gambling"an actor said. I ask about ' go off gambling", is it possible in English? If I were this actor, I would say go for gambling, or go off for gambling. Strangely, this is not what I surely heard. Thanks ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    In the name of Allah,
    Hi, I heard the following utterance in some American series: "You dumped me yesterday, so you can go off gambling"an actor said. I ask about ' go off gambling", is it possible in English? If I were this actor, I would say go for gambling, or go off for gambling. Strangely, this is not what I surely heard. Thanks ahead.
    "Could go off gambling" or "Could go to gamble" would be correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    In the name of Allah,
    Hi, I heard the following utterance in some American series: "You dumped me yesterday, so you can go off gambling"an actor said. I ask about ' go off gambling", is it possible in English? If I were this actor, I would say go for gambling, or go off for gambling. Strangely, this is not what I surely heard. Thanks ahead.
    Yes, this is perfectly natural colloquial English, even if not very grammatically correct. "To go off" in this context means "to leave", so the person is leaving to go gambling.

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    Thanks again. But how and where should I learn this kind of English!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    Thanks again. But how and where should I learn this kind of English!
    Since the script-writers of films will aim to reproduce colloquial language, you will meet many "non-correct" and informal structures. So watching films is as good a way as any, or reading modern novels, particularly those written by men.

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    By the way, in the same episode, I heard this as well : -Are you really insist? - Yes, I'm insist. I can't imagine how I can speak like this in a native English speaking country.
    Anglike, may I ask you this: is it possible to speak this non-correct colloquial English in a TOEFL test?

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