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    off / from

    Hello,

    Could somebody please tell me if "A cup fell from the table" is fine? I'd use 'off'.
    I'm also wondering if 'I took the book off the shelf' is the only preposition possible.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: off / from

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    Could somebody please tell me if "A cup fell from the table" is fine? I'd use 'off'.
    I'm also wondering if 'I took the book off the shelf' is the only preposition possible.

    Thank you in advance.
    A cup can fall from a table and you can take a book from a shelf.

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    Re: off / from

    Thank you.

    I can use either preposition in my sentences, can't I?

    Why do we say "take your feet off the table", not 'from'?

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    Re: off / from

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Thank you.

    I can use either preposition in my sentences, can't I?

    Why do we say "take your feet off the table", not 'from'?
    If we say "Take your feet from the table", it sounds like the table is where your feet are usually kept.

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    Re: off / from

    It's too valid an argument :)

    As for cups and books, 'off' would imply movement off a surface and 'from' would indicate direction only. Okay.

    English tricks learners into thinking it's not that difficult. No way!

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