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    Do the following sentences sould right?

    1. tear a page out of a book
    2. tear a page down from a book
    3. tear a page off a book
    4. tear a note out of a wall
    5. tear a note down from a wall
    6. tear a note off a wall
    7. tear leaves out of a tree
    8. tear leaves down from a tree
    9. tear leaves off a tree
    It seems all the nine sentences make sense but no.2 and no.4 sound a bit piculiar. Am I right in thinking so?

    Many thanks

    Richard

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    Re: Do the following sentences sould right?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post

    It seems all the nine sentences make sense but no.2 and no.4 sound a bit piculiar. Am I right in thinking so?

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    Richard
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    Sentences 2 and 4 are quite peculiar. Personally, I would not use sentence 7 either. I might tear a bee hive or a bird's nest out of a tree, but I would tear leaves off of a tree.

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    Re: Do the following sentences sould right?

    Aren't pages ripped off (of) books? What is the difference between "to rip off" and "tear off" in this sense?

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    Re: Do the following sentences sould right?

    Aren't pages ripped off (of) books? What is the difference between "to rip off" and "tear off" in this sense?
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    Ripped out, not off. Rip implies a bit more force and maybe less precision to the action than tearing.

    "Ripped off" is a phrase that means to be cheated. (I took my car to the mechanic and he totally ripped me off.) It can be used literally, but could be confusing to those who know the idiom.

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