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    Phrasal verb "put off"

    I have tried to use "put off" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Gina loved her boyfriend, but it put her off whenever she saw him eating with his fingers instead of using cutlery.

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    It's OK.
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    Re: Phrasal verb "put off"

    In this context, I'd change "put her off" to "turned her off." Another option here is "grossed her out."

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    Re: Phrasal verb "put off"

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    I'd change "put her off" to "turned her off." Another option here is "grossed her out."
    Both are OK in the right contexts. '... turned ... off' is, in my opinion, more informal/modern than 'put ... off'. My mother (93) would use 'put ... off' but not 'turn ... off'. The second is definitely more informal/modern. I (71) do not use 'gross ... out' though I understand it. My offspring (41 and 37) use 'gross ... out' in informal conversation, but would not use it in, for example, a job interview. My great nephew (20) uses 'gross ... out' as readily as I use 'deter' or 'discourage'.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "put off"

    '... turned ... off' is, in my opinion, more informal/modern than 'put ... off'.
    It is also, in my opinion, more precise in this context.

    I (71) do not use 'gross ... out' though I understand it. My offspring (41 and 37) use 'gross ... out' in informal conversation, but would not use it in, for example, a job interview. My great nephew (20) uses 'gross ... out' as readily as I use 'deter' or 'discourage'.
    If I'd thought Bassim wished to speak with the utmost formality and linguistic decorum, my suggestions would have been entirely different. Bassim wants to use a phrasal verb, does he not?
    Last edited by Phaedrus; 22-May-2017 at 00:38. Reason: I felt like adding something.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "put off"

    For me, the use of put off feels a little incomplete. It put her off what? Off him? Or off eating?

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    #8

    Re: Phrasal verb "put off"

    Based on my initial reaction and the replies, I am suspecting that this is more British than American.

    We don't have a more formal version of this, really. I would have said "turned off" as well.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "put off"

    I'd use "turned her off" with no object but "put her off" with an object.

    Seeing him eat really turned her off.
    Seeing him eat really put her off her food.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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