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    Ear cut off

    Dead body didn't have an ear, its ear had been "cut off of the body". Is it OK to use "of" and "off" together?

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    #2

    Re: Ear cut off

    It's fine in AmE.

    BrE speakers consider the 'of' redundant.

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    Re: Ear cut off

    Redundant? You're too kind.

    I had it drummed into me that 'off of' was downright wrong, and it worked! I hate it.
    I am not a teacher

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    #4

    Re: Ear cut off

    The ​dead body ...

    Also, you need either a semi-colon or a full stop instead of a comma after "didn't have an ear". I would use "The dead body was missing an ear" or "One of the ears was missing from the dead body".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Ear cut off

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    Redundant? You're too kind.

    I had it drummed into me that 'off of' was downright wrong, and it worked! I hate it.
    Is it right? You are saying you were told it wasn't correct but it worked.


    Thank you "emsr2d2" for the reply, I know we can say it in that way as well that you suggested but I want to know about this construction only "off of". What would we say in "BrE" "its ear had been cut off the body?"

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    Re: Ear cut off

    I know you were only asking about "off of" but I can't ignore other problems! Yes, we would not use "of" but I also would not use "its ear" (that suggests that a body only has one ear the rest of the time) and I would not bother with "the body".

    There was a dead body/There was a corpse; one of its ears had been cut off.

    Regarding Roman55's statement about it being drummed into him/her that "off of" was wrong, "and it worked!" refers to the action of drumming-in of "off of" having worked. He/she didn't mean that "off of" worked.

    It was drummed into him that "off of" is wrong. It worked! He has never used "off of" since.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Ear cut off

    ems, clicking Like fails to satisfactorily express my admiration of your replies to tufguy.

    For this, and your post #10 here, among others, please accept this month's POASA (Patience of a Saint Award).



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