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    What can we take off?

    1) I can take a glove off.
    2) I can take a scarf/ my contact lenses/ a coat/ my pants off.

    A) But, can I use "to take off" with necklace, earrings, shades, sunglasses too? If I can't, what verb should I use to express this concept?

    B) Is it correct to use "to get off" instead of "to take off" or any other similar verbs?

    Thanks so much for your answers.

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    Re: What can we take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1) I can take a glove off.
    2) I can take a scarf/ my contact lenses/ a coat/ my pants off.

    A) But, can I use "to take off" with necklace, earrings, shades, sunglasses too?

    B) Is it correct to use "to get off" instead of "to take off" or any other similar verbs?
    A. Yes
    B. Yes, but only informally.

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    Re: What can we take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1) I can take a glove off.
    2) I can take a scarf/ my contact lenses/ a coat/ my pants off.

    A) But, can I use "to take off" with necklace, earrings, shades, sunglasses too? If I can't, what verb should I use to express this concept?

    B) Is it correct to use "to get off" instead of "to take off" or any other similar verbs?

    Thanks so much for your answers.
    Not a teacher only a native.

    A) "I can take off my necklace", "I can take off my earrings", "I can take off my shades/sunglasses" sounds fine to me.

    B) "Get off" doesn't sound natural to me. I wouldn't say, "I can get off my coat". You could turn it around and say "I CAN'T get off my necklace/shades/coat" to say that your necklace/shades/coat are stuck on you.

    I would suggest "remove" as an alternative word for "take off".

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    Re: What can we take off?

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    B) "Get off" doesn't sound natural to me. I wouldn't say, "I can get off my coat".
    You can say, " I must get this wet coat off".

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    Re: What can we take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You can say, " I must get this wet coat off".
    Of course you are right, "get off" is fine in certain contexts. I though that the OP wanted to substitute "get off" for "take off" in the phrase: "I can take off my coat", which would become, "I can get off my coat".

    Sorry for any confusion.

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    #6

    Re: What can we take off?

    You take your contact lenses out.

    Rover

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    Re: What can we take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1) I can take a glove off.
    2) I can take a scarf/ my contact lenses/ a coat/ my pants off.
    In AmE, you take your contact lenses "out," not "off."

    A) But, can I use "to take off" with necklace, earrings, shades, sunglasses too? If I can't, what verb should I use to express this concept?
    Yes, "take off" is correct with the items you list.

    B) Is it correct to use "to get off" instead of "to take off" or any other similar verbs?

    Thanks so much for your answers.
    In AmE, "get off" would not be used to describe removing clothing or an accessory. In fact, "get off" often has a sexual connotation; it is used to describe extreme sensual pleasure ("I get off on having my neck nibbled.") Usually if "get off" is used in reference to clothing/accessories, it is in the context of a conversation with someone - for example, "I've got to get these shoes off, my feet are killing me." You wouldn't use it in a narrative or declarative form - for example, you wouldn't say "Fred got off his shoes."

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    Re: What can we take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You take your contact lenses out.

    Rover

    So, regards to the contact lenses, could I use both "take off" and "to take out"?
    Is the opposite in this case, "to put on" a pair of contact lenses?

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    Re: What can we take off?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    So, regards to the contact lenses, could I use both "take off" and "to take out"?
    Is the opposite in this case, "to put on" a pair of contact lenses?
    We traditionally say we "put our contact lenses in" and we "take them out." "Put on" and "take off" would not be standard usage when discussing contact lenses.

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    #10

    Re: What can we take off?

    You put on and take off your glasses (spectacles).

    You put in and take out your contact lenses.

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