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    bounce off of

    HE NATURALLY IS A REALLY HUMOROUS PERSON SO WE HAD LOTS OF BANTER ANYWAY NATURALLY. SO THAT KIND OF FED INTO TO WHAT WE WERE DOING ANYWAY AND WE'D MUCK ABOUT ON SET AND, AND, UM, HE'S EASY TO BOUNCE OFF OF IN THAT, IN THAT RESPECT BECAUSE HE'S A FUNNY, A FUNNY GUY.

    The actress was talking about another person in the cast. What is the meaning of "He is easy to bounce off of"??

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    Re: bounce off of

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    HE NATURALLY IS A REALLY HUMOROUS PERSON SO WE HAD LOTS OF BANTER ANYWAY NATURALLY. SO THAT KIND OF FED INTO TO WHAT WE WERE DOING ANYWAY AND WE'D MUCK ABOUT ON SET AND, AND, UM, HE'S EASY TO BOUNCE OFF OF IN THAT, IN THAT RESPECT BECAUSE HE'S A FUNNY, A FUNNY GUY.

    The actress was talking about another person in the cast. What is the meaning of "He is easy to bounce off of"??

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    ****Not A Teacher****

    Dear maiabulela,
    The meaning of bounce off is...

    bounce off (phrasal verb)
    If you bounce something off someone, you tell someone about an idea or plan in order to find out what they think of it.
    Can I bounce a couple of ideas off you?

    Cambridge Dictionary
    Last edited by Atchan; 30-May-2010 at 23:20.

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    Re: bounce off of

    And a quick note to say that "of" is not required. It's something that has become a regular mistake, even with natives who will say "I fell off of the roof" etc, whereas it should simply be "I fell off the roof".

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    Re: bounce off of

    ok thanks a lot. but REALLY what is confusing here is that she said "because he is a funny person"!!
    So what "being funny" has anything to do with the fact that "he's easy to bounce off of him"??? The context here is so confusing? If you can offer any explanation.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: bounce off of

    In the acting realm, you bounce things off each other when you exchange lines. Especially in the comedy genre, when actors are easy to work with in terms of making the lines work together to be funny, you might say they are good to bounce things off.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: bounce off of

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In the acting realm, you bounce things off each other when you exchange lines. Especially in the comedy genre, when actors are easy to work with in terms of making the lines work together to be funny, you might say they are good to bounce things off.
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