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    #1

    leave off/out

    I have a doubt about the usage of these two prepositions when using the verb "to leave".

    Are sentences like the ones below correct?
    1) I decided to leave some parts of the film out when I got everything together.
    2) Tell me the whole story without leaving anything out. (Is it possible to say Off in this sentence, instead of Out with the same meaning?)
    3) Make sure not to leave anyone off/out the list.

    The question is this: is it true that Off is generally used when talking about lists and Out when talking about groups or similar things, but not lists of people or things? How do you use them?
    Thanks.

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    Re: leave off/out

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I have a doubt about the usage of these two prepositions when using the verb "to leave".

    Are sentences like the ones below correct?
    1) I decided to leave some parts of the film out when I got everything together.
    2) Tell me the whole story without leaving anything out. (Is it possible to say Off in this sentence, instead of Out with the same meaning?) No.
    3) Make sure not to leave anyone off/out the list. "off"

    The question is this: is it true that Off is generally used when talking about lists and Out when talking about groups or similar things, but not lists of people or things? How do you use them?
    Thanks.
    Bhai.

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    Re: leave off/out

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Bhai.
    I cannot find the answers to my questions...

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    Re: leave off/out

    NOT A TEACHER

    Take a look here (leave off phrasal verb and leave somebody/something ↔ out phrasal verb)

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    Re: leave off/out

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I cannot find the answers to my questions...
    Bhai's answers are in red in your quoted post.

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    Re: leave off/out

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I cannot find the answers to my questions...
    Sometimes a teacher chooses not to address a question directly because the question as put is misleadingly clearcut. If you want an answer to
    [I]s it true that Off is generally used when talking about lists and Out when talking about groups or similar things, but not lists of people or things[?]
    the answer's 'No', but as you know now it's really 'Not exactly, but...' [followed by a lot of stuff about 'listy' things and sets (in the mathematical sense)]

    b

    PS The key, as CS showed, is not to concentrate on the difference between 'off' and 'out' but on the difference between the two phrasal verbs.
    Last edited by BobK; 26-Sep-2012 at 17:59. Reason: Added PS

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