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    Build Off

    "Building off this example, imagine a closed-loop process with carbon and oxegen."

    What does "building off" mean here?

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    Re: Build Off

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    "Building off this example, imagine a closed-loop process with carbon and oxegen."

    What does "building off" mean here?
    I think it means "Starting from the basis of this example" (presumably an example which has already been given). Note the correct spelling of "oxygen".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Build Off

    (I think it means 'building on [and I got my prepositions mixed up]'.)

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    Re: Build Off

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (I think it means 'building on [and I got my prepositions mixed up]'.)

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    I must admit that initially I thought "building off" sounded odd but then I considered it a little like "Kicking off [from]", where it means that the first thing is used as thing to add impetus to something else.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Build Off

    That's the one - 'kicking off'. I was pretty sure that there was a conflation here of two phrasal verbs, but I couldn't call to mind the one with 'off'.

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