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    "off" and "off from"

    I am discussing the usage of "off" and "off from" with my colleagues. We find two sentences in the dictionary.
    1. He sawed a branch off that tree. (Here "off" serves as a preposition)
    2. Jack cut off a branch from that tree. (Here "off" works as an adverb)
    Our focus is whether we can make "off" in 1 serve as a adverb, and "off" in 2 a preposition. Like this:
    3. He sawed a branch off from that tree.
    4. Jack cut a branch off that tree.
    Do 3 and 4 work grammatically? Thank you so much.

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    Re: "off" and "off from"

    3 does not work. 4 does.

    You will also hear "He cut/sawed a branch off of that tree," at least in AmE.

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    Re: "off" and "off from"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    3 does not work. 4 does.

    You will also hear "He cut/sawed a branch off of that tree," at least in AmE.
    What about if I change 3 like this: He sawed off a branch from that tree. Is it correct?

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    Re: "off" and "off from"

    Yes.

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