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    #1

    off/out of

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I sell the fruits off the tree.
    2-I sell the fruits right off the tree.
    (1&2 meaning I picked it off the tree and ate it then and there)

    3-I sell the Brussels sprouts off the stalk.
    (meaning they have been pulled off the stalk, not necessarily right now)

    4-I read the book off the press.
    Last edited by navi tasan; 25-Nov-2011 at 13:16.

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    #2

    Re: off/out of

    1-I sell fruit off the tree.
    2-I sell fruit right off the tree.

    I sell Brussels sprouts off the stalk.



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    #3

    Re: off/out of

    - and 'off the press' is different. You don't read it off anything. You take it straight from the press - while the paper's still hot and the the ink is still wet, and read it - probably standing by the machine (in the original case). In fact 'hot off the press' is a collocation that means 'very recently published'.

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    #4

    Re: off/out of

    Did you notice you used "sell" but referred to "eating"? It created a little confusion for me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: off/out of

    Thank you all.

    Sorry about the mistake.

    So the first three work and the fourth one doesn't, right?

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    #6

    Re: off/out of

    - though because of the collocation 'hot off the press' if you said *I read it off the press you'd probably be understood as meaning 'I read it hot off the press'.

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