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    take down the curtains // take off the curtains

    1. take down the curtains
    2. take off the curtains

    I understand what #1 means, but I wonder what #2 means.

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    Now paint one side of your board with your chosen color. Two coats are usually needed to make the color stronger. Once this is dry, take off the "curtains", turn your board over, and repeat stage 4 with the other side.

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    Take down the curtains and either vacuum them or wash them depending on the material.

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    Re: take down the curtains // take off the curtains

    I’m not a teacher.

    Hi Daruma,

    take off. to remove, as clothing: take one's coat off; take off one's galoshes, take off the curtains

    Here are another connotations with the term “curtain”:

    To draw the curtains, to lower the curtain, to raise a curtain, draw aside the curtains, uncertain a window, the curtain falls, the curtain drops, the curtain is dropped, to ring down the curtain, to ring up the curtain, the curtain rises, to lift the curtain, to hang curtains, to put up curtains, the curtain goes up, the curtain come down,

    I have curtained off this part of the room, where the bed is…
    The curtain rises at eight shrp.
    I’ll give you a signal to ring down the curtain when the scene is over.

    Regards,

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    Re: take down the curtains // take off the curtains

    take down (something) or take (something) down
    to remove (something) from the place where it is hanging or standing
    ▪ She took the books down from the shelf.
    ▪ I need to take down those curtains and bring them to the dry cleaner's.
    ▪ Take down that terrible picture of me.
    ▪ Please, take it down.
    ▪ He took down the old shed and built a new one.

    Would it be okay to change each "down" into "off"?

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    Re: take down the curtains // take off the curtains

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    take down (something) or take (something) down
    to remove (something) from the place where it is hanging or standing
    ▪ She took the books down from the shelf.
    ▪ I need to take down those curtains and bring them to the dry cleaner's.
    ▪ Take down that terrible picture of me.
    ▪ Please, take it down.
    ▪ He took down the old shed and built a new one.

    Would it be okay to change each "down" into "off"?
    No, it wouldn't.

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    Re: take down the curtains // take off the curtains

    Now paint one side of your board with your chosen color. Two coats are usually needed to make the color stronger. Once this is dry, take off the "curtains", turn your board over, and repeat stage 4 with the other side.

    Should off bedown?

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    Re: take down the curtains // take off the curtains

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Now paint one side of your board with your chosen color. Two coats are usually needed to make the color stronger. Once this is dry, take off the "curtains", turn your board over, and repeat stage 4 with the other side.

    Should off bedown?
    What is the context of this text?

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    Re: take down the curtains // take off the curtains

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    Stage 4
    If you want to have different colors on the top and base of your board, then you should now make a "curtain" with newspaper and masking tape. This will give you a straight line on your edge, and stop any excess paint getting on the wrong side.

    Now paint one side of your board with your chosen color. Two coats are usually needed to make the color stronger. Once this is dry, take off the "curtains", turn your board over, and repeat stage 4 with the other side.



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    Once this is dry, take off the "curtains", turn your board over, and repeat stage 4 with the other side.
    The "curtains" are not curtains, as in "It was ten in the morning but the curtains were still drawn (= closed)," are they?

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    Re: take down the curtains // take off the curtains

    What is antonymous to "to take down the curtains"? Is "to set up the curtains"?

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    Re: take down the curtains // take off the curtains

    I’m not a teacher, nor a samurai.

    Hi Daruma,

    In my opinion it’s all too obvious.

    take down = take apart, dismantle, take to pieces, as in They took down the scaffolding.

    The opposite of the term in question is : assemble, fit, mount, install, situate, place, as your set up.

    take off = to remove, as from the surface or outside; to remove from the top of anything; as, to take off a load; to take off one's hat.

    take off = carry or take away,

    as in “The passengers were taken off one by one.”

    By parity of reasoning “The curtains were taken off one by one.”

    I took the books off the shelves.

    There is a shade of meaning:

    They took ten pounds off the price.

    take off = to discount or deduct (from a price); the dealer took off twenty percent on remaining toys.

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    You might : raise the curtain, drop the curtain, run down the curtain, bring down the curtain, ring down the curtain, hang down the curtain, hold down the curtain, pull the curtain, draw the curtain, to draw aside the curtains, fringe the curtain.

    You might also uncurtain a window.

    There is another meaning of the term in question: veil, screen. smoke screen, curtain fire.

    You might "lift the curtain" (let the cat out of of the bag)

    There are also such connotations as:

    The iron curtain came down and the temperature dropped.

    He drew the curtain shut, pinning her to the wall, face to face.

    It doesn’t end when the curtain goes down.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 14-Jun-2009 at 17:52.

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