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    #1

    Smile get off

    Hello, everyone! Please explain what "get off" means in the following:

    " . . . They need someone they can trust. You are not that person." . . . I was not exactly brave, hero type. But trustworthy? Come on! I could be trusted. I was a good guy. Where did she get off calling me untrustworthy?

    Thanks in advance!

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    #2

    Re: get off

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    Hello, everyone! Please explain what "get off" means in the following:

    " . . . They need someone they can trust. You are not that person." . . . I was not exactly brave, hero type. But trustworthy? Come on! I could be trusted. I was a good guy. Where did she get off calling me untrustworthy?

    Thanks in advance!
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Yuriya.

    (1) Where did she get off calling me untrustworthy?

    (a) Something like:

    How dare she call me that!

    What a nerve of her to call me that!

    Who does she think she is to call me that!

    (2) By the way, those two little words can mean many things in

    different contexts. I would be VERY careful before using them.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: get off

    Syntactically, is it close to where did she get that(calling me a liar) from? That is, calling me a liar is the object of "get off somewhere"?

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    #4

    Re: get off

    No, they aren't.

    "Where does she get off" calling me... = How does she justify calling me... = What gives her the right to call me...
    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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    #5

    Re: get off

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    How dare she call me that!
    Hello
    Is it correct not to add an s after call?

    Cheers!

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    #6

    Re: get off

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello
    Is it correct not to add an s after call?

    Cheers!
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Nightmare.

    (1) "Dare" and "need" are sometimes used as modal auxiliaries. As you

    know, one does not use "s" after a modal auxiliary:

    (a) How dare Sue TALK to me that way!

    (b) Tell Tom that he need not CALL me anymore!

    (2) I am sure that you have Mr. Michael Swan's Practical

    English Usage. He does a great job in explaining it.

    (3) If you use the search box at this website, you might get some

    good threads, too.

    (4) The good news is that native speakers seldom use it as a modal.

    Its most common use is one of indignation:

    How dare you speak to me in that tone of voice! You just keep your

    place, mister!!!

    ***** Have a nice day!

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    #7

    Smile Re: get off

    Thank you all guys! It seems that where do you get off (doing)? is related to tell someone where to get off.

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