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    be off to - what does it mean?

    He's off to Paris.



    Does it mean 'he set off/ has just left to get to Paris'?

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    #2

    Re: be off to - what does it mean?

    It usually refers to the future. It's the same as "he's going to Paris".

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    #3

    Re: be off to - what does it mean?

    Only context can tell us exactly what it means.

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    #4

    Re: be off to - what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Only context can tell us exactly what it means.

    He wrote a great book and now he's off to Paris to promote it.

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    #5

    Re: be off to - what does it mean?

    Well, looks like he's gone to Paris. Surely, he's away at the moment, on his way to the capital of France.

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    #6

    Re: be off to - what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    He wrote a great book and now he's off to Paris to promote it.
    He is on his way.
    He will shortly be on his way.

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    #7

    Re: be off to - what does it mean?

    Then there's, "We're off too see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz", which was occurring at the time, hence present tense.

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    Re: be off to - what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Then there's, "We're off too see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz", which was occurring at the time, hence present tense.

    We're off is always present tense. In your sentence, it's used to refer to a present-time event.

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    #9

    Re: be off to - what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We're off is always present tense. In your sentence, it's used to refer to a present-time event.
    Yes, point taken. I meant that in this case, it was used for a present time event, as opposed to all of the previous examples, including your translation of "He is off to ..." as possibly "He will shortly be on his way", which is future 'tense'.
    "We're off to see the wizard" has context, so we know it can't be rendered as "We will be on our way to see the wizard".

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