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    Starting your baby (off) on ....... meaning and which version is proper

    Hello everybody!

    MEANING:

    In my opinion, "Starting your baby on solid food can be fun, playful, and messy" means "Starting feeding/giving solid food to your baby can be fun, playful, and messy"

    AS FOR THE VERSIONS:

    I seem to have heard this version many years ago:

    Starting your baby (off) on solid food can be fun, playful, and messy.

    Is the version "Starting your baby (off) on solid food ......" also acceptable to you?

    Since I could be wrong in both the cases, your help and comments would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Starting your baby (off) on ....... meaning and which version is proper

    I think that speakers of or BrE would be more likely to say "starting your baby on" while speakers of AmE would be more likely to say "starting your baby off on."

    By the way, if you have a new baby, congratulations.

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    Re: Starting your baby (off) on ....... meaning and which version is proper

    For me (an AmE speaker) this would be be more common without "off".

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    Re: Starting your baby (off) on ....... meaning and which version is proper

    "Starting off" is one phrase. "On solid food" is another.

    The "off" is optional.

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    Re: Starting your baby (off) on ....... meaning and which version is proper

    I am not a teacher.

    To me, as a BrE speaker, "Starting your baby on solid food..." is how I would normally say it.

    "Starting your baby off on solid food..." sounds as if you've bypassed the whole liquid-food stage and gone directly to solids from the beginning.

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