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    cross v. rub v. strike

    Which of the following is idiomatic, correct and in the same meaning.

    1) Strike her name off the list

    2) Cross her name off the list

    3) Rub her name off the list

    Inteded meaning is "her name was in the list but after related process will not be in the list."

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    #2

    Re: cross v. rub v. strike

    They all work.

    1) and 2) sound more metaphoric and 3) sounds more literal.

    Note that 'from' can replace 'off' in these sentences, especially in 1).
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    Re: cross v. rub v. strike

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    They all work.

    1) and 2) sound more metaphoric and 3) sounds more literal.

    Note that 'from' can replace 'off' in these sentences, especially in 1).
    But example with "strike" is the original and used with "off"

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    Re: cross v. rub v. strike

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But example with "strike" is the original and used with "off"
    That doesn't change the (correct) answer that Roman gave, does it?

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    #5

    Re: cross v. rub v. strike

    They need full stops (periods) to be grammatically correct.

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    #6

    Re: cross v. rub v. strike

    #3 doesn't work in AmE, since we don't use 'rub' as a synonym for 'erase'.

    At least I'm guessing that's what it means, based on my knowledge that a 'rubber' in BrE is an 'eraser' in AmE.
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    Re: cross v. rub v. strike

    You're right. If the name were written in pencil, we could say "Rub her name out" in BrE. We wouldn't say "Rub her name off the list" though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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