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    back off

    hi,

    which one is the correct prepositon used with the phrases " back off" and "back down"?

    I backed off/backed down on community-based supports

    or

    I backed off/backed down from community-based supports

    thanks

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    Re: back off

    Quote Originally Posted by learner110 View Post
    hi,

    which one is the correct prepositon used with the phrases " back off" and "back down"?

    I backed off/backed down on community-based supports

    or

    I backed off/backed down from community-based supports

    thanks
    It depends what you want to say. If you held an opinion about community based supports, for example you were very much in favour, and all of your colleagues were against. If you decided to follow your colleagues you could say that you had "backed down on community based supports."
    If someone tried to involve you in various projects but you didn't want to be involved in all of them, you could say that you accepted A and B, but backed off from joining in with community based support.

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    Re: back off

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It depends what you want to say. If you held an opinion about community based supports, for example you were very much in favour, and all of your colleagues were against. If you decided to follow your colleagues you could say that you had "backed down on community based supports."
    If someone tried to involve you in various projects but you didn't want to be involved in all of them, you could say that you accepted A and B, but backed off from joining in with community based support.
    I thought 'back off' and 'back down' meant the same.

    so, my dear Bhai, you say the prepositions collocate like this:

    backed down on community based supports.
    backed off from joining in with community based support


    since the phrasal verbs are different in meaning, do we have to know when to use 'on' and 'from'? Of course we do.

    Thank you.

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    Re: back off

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I thought 'back off' and 'back down' meant the same.

    so, my dear Bhai, you say the prepositions collocate like this:

    backed down on community based supports.
    backed off from joining in with community based support


    since the phrasal verbs are different in meaning, do we have to know when to use 'on' and 'from'? Of course we do.

    Thank you.
    They're very similar.
    We were having an argument. I thought he was going to punch me, but he backed off.
    We were having an argument. I was making better points, so he backed down.

    You back off from a threat, an assault, an offense.
    You back down from a challenge, a debate.
    You back out on a promise, a deal, an agreement.

    You could do any of these from a fight.

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