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  1. AlexAD's Avatar
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    #1

    first off

    Hello.

    I heard this in a conversation, 'First off, they are my favorite band. Second, ... (and here he continues with the explanation)'. As far as I am concerned first off could be replaced with at first without changing in the meaning. And here come my questions:

    1. Is it grammatical? (I doubt it... )
    2. If 1 is true what is the off then? I mean, which part of speech? (Haven't learned the answer from vocabularies).

    I would be grateful if you would correct any mistakes you might find in this message.

    Thanks, Alex.

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    #2

    Re: first off

    first off - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    It's pretty much the same as for starters.

    Hope it helps

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    #3

    Re: first off

    2. If 1 is true what is the off then? I mean, which part of speech? (Haven't learned the answer from vocabularies).

    I would be grateful if you would correct any mistakes you might find in this message.

    Thanks, Alex.[/QUOTE]

    Plus I wanted to say to me it sounds like an informal adverbial phrase.
    Hope it helps.
    Shan

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    #4

    Re: first off

    Sorry, I just didn't dig deep enough to find this phrase.

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    #5

    Re: first off

    No worries!

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