Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: put off

  1. Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 138
    #1

    put off

    Hello Teachers.
    I put off all my things to listen to some music.
    I put off my tea to speak to her.

    How many mistakes did I make?

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 26,076
    #2

    Re: put off

    Quote Originally Posted by towcats1 View Post
    Hello Teachers.
    I put off all my things to listen to some music.
    I put off my tea to speak to her.

    How many mistakes did I make?
    The meaning of the first one is not clear. What do you mean by "I put off all my things"? The second is understandable but not very natural.

  3. Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jun 2013
    • Posts: 138
    #3

    Re: put off

    I put off all my business
    I'm going to drink tea and somebody is phoning so I put off my tea.
    "understandable but not very natural" as usual

  4. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Academic
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,982
    #4

    Re: put off

    Quote Originally Posted by towcats1 View Post
    I put off all my business
    I'm going to drink tea and somebody is phoning so I put off my tea.
    "understandable but not very natural" as usual
    "I put off all my business" is more understandable.
    I don't think most people would would say, "I put off my tea" because of a phone call. I was drinking tea when I was interrupted by a phone call.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2010, 04:51
  2. 'Put off until' or 'put off to'
    By EEL in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Nov-2009, 07:00
  3. [Grammar] put you or put the call on hold
    By anupumh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2009, 15:44
  4. put on?
    By bosun in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18-Dec-2006, 12:30
  5. Put it on Put the shose on
    By Anonymous in forum English Phrasal Verbs
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-Jun-2004, 10:25

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •