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    #1

    off the school? or off from the school?

    Hi,

    "It has been six years since I first came here, but there is about 3 years gap from 2010 to 2012. I was off the school, as I had to serve the military service. I resumed my study in 2012."

    Is it okay? or should I say off from the school? I had to say this to my professor..so it should sound formal and polite...

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    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    "It has been six years since I first came here but for approximately three years, from 2010 to 2012, I was on military service. I resumed my studies in 2012."

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    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "It has been six years since I first came here but for approximately three years, from 2010 to 2012, I was on military service. I resumed my studies in 2012."
    Thanks...but I have a question. Do you think off the school is a informal expression and that's why you removed it?

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    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by shhop319 View Post
    Thanks...but I have a question. Do you think off the school is a informal expression and that's why you removed it?
    It is not an expression at all. It is merely a mixture of words. One could say "I was out of school for a time."

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    #5

    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    ... and please see definition #5: http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/off_1

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    #6

    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    In relation to temporary absence from school or work, use 'off'.

    'Carole Singer was off school last week with a sore throat.'

    'Jim Nasium had a day off work to get his plaster cast removed.'

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    #7

    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    Jim Nasium?
    It sounds like 'gymnasium', doesn't it?

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    #8

    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    Yes, that's the point. It's wordplay. As is "Carole Singer". Can you work out why?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, that's the point. It's wordplay. As is "Carole Singer". Can you work out why?
    "Ms. Carole Singer is good at singing Christmas carols."

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    Re: off the school? or off from the school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In relation to temporary absence from school or work, use 'off'.

    'Carole Singer was off school last week with a sore throat.'

    'Jim Nasium had a day off work to get his plaster cast removed.'
    Is it possible to say ''Jim Nasium was off work yesterday"?

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