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    Question " Skim off "

    Hi there,

    when I examine a large number of something, especially papers, usually to find something or to decide what is important. (To quickly examine a number of stuff to find what I am looking for.)

    Can I use skim off for this situation or not?

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    Re: " Skim off "

    Better to say "Skim through".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: " Skim off "

    Thank you dear Grumpy.
    But is there any synonym for skim through?

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    Re: " Skim off "

    Not a teacher

    'Sift through'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Jan-2014 at 23:32.

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    Re: " Skim off "

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    'Sift through'
    That is wrong, Mehrgan. Compare the meanings here. I have edited your post to state that you are not a teacher.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Jan-2014 at 23:32.

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    Re: " Skim off "

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    That is wrong, Mehrgan. Compare the meanings here. I have edited your post to state that you are not a teacher.

    Thanks dear Rover_KE, and I just forgot to mention I'm not a teacher. Sorry about that part.
    I just suggested 'sift through' as an option for the OP.

    I just didn't get the difference. Here's the example which 'sift through' was used in:

    'Okay but I think we should sift through everything before we throw it away in case we're throwing away things we should keep.'

    I must've missed something here!

    Thanks again for the point you mentioned.

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    Re: " Skim off "

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks dear Rover_KE, and I just forgot to mention I'm not a teacher. Sorry about that part.
    I just suggested 'sift through' as an option for the OP.

    I just didn't get the difference. Here's the example which 'sift through' was used in:

    'Okay but I think we should sift through everything before we throw it away in case we're throwing away things we should keep.'

    I must've missed something here!

    Thanks again for the point you mentioned.
    "Sift through" implies a more thorough search than "skim through" does. Imagine those who were sifting for gold. It was a very careful search.

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