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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?
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)][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[?]
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