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    #11

    Re: go off

    Phrasal verbs can also be verb plus adverb.

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    #12

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    If it is a preposition, where is its object? The only thing I call a particle is the "to" in an infinitive. I am quite comfortable with "adverb" here.
    I think that many people call it a preposition there simply because it often is a preposition elsewhere and it saves having to worry about how it's functioning.

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    #13

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    How a word is functioning plays a big part in what it is in that particular use.

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    #14

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    It is to some, but to non-native learners who have to battle with thousands of the damn things, it may not be so crucial as using off will get the right answer. This is doubly true as there are those that call it an adverb and those that call it a particle, and this category sometimes gets subdivided into prepositional and adverbial types. It's a bit like the distinction between present participles and gerunds, which interests some, but to others it is a needless layer of complexity when all they have to do is use an -ing form.

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    #15

    Re: go off

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    How a word is functioning plays a big part in what it is in that particular use.
    H &n P did present arguments for their re-classification of the little words that have convinced quite a few grammarians.

    However, the important, and frustrating, point for learners is that if it is important to their teachers that learners identify and label the classes of words, then the learners will have to accept the labels that the teachers prescribe.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    #16

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    That will continue until they get new teachers. Eventually students in every field make up their own minds. As it should be.

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