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    go off and go up;

    Dear teachers,



    The bomb went _____ in front of the embassy.
    a. up b. off

    The key is "b". But just now I found in my dictionary the following definition and sentences:
    a. go off: ignite, explode, e.g.
    The bomb went off, killing three people.
    b. go up: explode, e.g.
    The bomb went up, killing three people.
    I can't see the difference between the two phrases. Or may I say that in my original sentences both "a" and "b" are correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: go off and go up;

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,



    The bomb went _____ in front of the embassy.
    a. up b. off

    The key is "b". But just now I found in my dictionary the following definition and sentences:
    a. go off: ignite, explode, e.g.
    The bomb went off, killing three people.
    b. go up: explode, e.g.
    The bomb went up, killing three people.
    I can't see the difference between the two phrases. Or may I say that in my original sentences both "a" and "b" are correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I wouldn't use "go up" to mean "explode". "Go off" or "blow up" would be much more common. "The bomb went off..." or "The bomb blew up..."

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