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    fell off/from the roof

    Next, I fell off/from the roof while repairing it but I sustained only superficial wounds and no fracture.

    Which boldfaced word should I use? I think it should be 'off'.

    Thanks.

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    Re: fell off/from the roof

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Next, I fell off/from the roof while repairing it but I sustained only superficial wounds and no fracture.

    Which boldfaced word should I use? I think it should be 'off'.

    Thanks.
    I'd use "off". I think "from" is possible though.

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    Re: fell off/from the roof

    They're both possible. However, if they are used in the reply to a question, then it would depend on the question.

    Where did he fall from?
    He fell from the roof.

    What did he fall off?
    He fell off the roof.

    In my opinion, one uses the phrasal verb "to fall off" and the other uses the standard verb "to fall" followed by a preposition followed by a noun (making a prepositional phrase). I would break down the different versions like this:

    He / fell off / the roof.
    He / fell / from / the roof.

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    Re: fell off/from the roof

    PS - no fractures
    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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    Re: fell off/from the roof

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    PS - no fractures
    Thanks, Barb.

    Why is 'no fracture' wrong? One can sustain a fracture from a fall, but a few wounds are the usual case.

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    Re: fell off/from the roof

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Barb.

    Why is 'no fracture' wrong? One can sustain a fracture from a fall, but a few wounds are the usual case.
    That may be the case but you wouldn't normally specifically point out that you did not sustain one fracture in fall.

    I sustained cuts and grazes but no fractures.

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