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    Question OFF BY

    (Context is science)
    "The measurements are off by several degrees."

    Could "by" be dropped without causing problems?

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    #2

    Re: OFF BY

    If you're even considering that dropping by might cause problems, leave it in for the time and effort it takes to type it.

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    #3

    Re: OFF BY

    What about "The measurements are down by several degrees."?

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    #4

    Re: OFF BY

    Same answer as before.

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    #5

    Re: OFF BY

    But "The measurements are off several degrees." would not be marked wrong on a test?

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    Re: OFF BY

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    But "The measurements are off several degrees." would not be marked wrong on a test?
    If your teacher is setting the test and thinks it is wrong, then it will be marked wrong.

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    #7

    Re: OFF BY

    Then "The measurements are off several degrees" is not incorrect?

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    #8

    Re: OFF BY

    I think what they are trying to say is it doesn't pay to be a purist unless you are doing a grammar test.

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    Re: OFF BY

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    Then "The measurements are off several degrees" is not incorrect?
    I would use 'by', but I think that dropping it is acceptable - but I am not marking your test.

    Rover has already give you sound advice:

    "If you're even considering that dropping by might cause problems, leave it in for the time and effort it takes to type it."

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    Re: OFF BY

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    Then "The measurements are off several degrees" is not incorrect?
    It would work better for me if you moved it:
    several degrees off/out

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