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    #1

    a ban on bouncing a ball against/off the wall

    Hello dear foum members!

    Yesterday I made up my mind to visit a sea-side building that used to belong to the army. I reached the top floor and saw such an inscription: a ban on bouncing a wall against/off the wall.The inscription is in Polish, of course, but I would likie to ask you which version is good:

    a ban on bouncing a ball against the wall

    or

    a ban on bouncing a ball off the wall

    It is the act of deliberately throwing a ball against the wall.

    Thank you.

    I think version 1 applies.

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    #2

    Re: a ban on bouncing a ball against/off the wall

    I would go for the second option since I have never heard of "bounce something against something", it is quite odd. However, "bounce off" is a commonly used expression, though I have doubts whether they use it with ball.

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    #3

    Re: a ban on bouncing a ball against/off the wall

    It is a literal ball for children to play with.

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    #4

    Re: a ban on bouncing a ball against/off the wall

    In the UK, the signs aren't usually so specific. They normally say "No ball games". If I had to specify the type of game, I would say "Bouncing balls off walls prohibited".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: a ban on bouncing a ball against/off the wall

    With your options, I would use 'against the wall'.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    #6

    Re: a ban on bouncing a ball against/off the wall

    not a teacher

    A short note in response to bodogeri's post that might be helpful.
    To bounce a ball against the wall, and to make a ball bounce off the wall, are both entirely normal English phrases.

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