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    I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    1) I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    2) The alarm has gone off set it off.

    3) The alarm was going off so I set it off.

    4) The alarm has gone off and it is ringing but nobody has come yet to help us.

    5) The alarm has been going off for few minutes and making a lot of noise turn it off.

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    2) The alarm has gone off set it off. ???

    3) The alarm was going off so I set it off. (grammatical but nonsensical)

    4) The alarm has gone off and it is ringing but nobody has come yet to help us. needs punctuation or separation.

    5) The alarm has been going off for few minutes and making a lot of noise turn it off.run-on sentence. Make the imperative a separate sentence.

    Please check my sentences.
    See above.
    Last edited by Skrej; 11-Jul-2017 at 08:23. Reason: typo
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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    3) The alarm was going off so I set it off.
    You might turn an alarm off if it was ringing without cause.

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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You might turn an alarm off if it was ringing without cause.
    Setting an alarm off can mean activating it so that it sounds, or setting it so that it doesn't sound.
    "The bomb was about to explode, so I set it off" probably reveals the ambiguity better.

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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    See above.
    1) I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    2) The alarm has gone off turn it off. (What is the proper way to say this?)

    3) The alarm was going off so I set it off. (What is the proper way to say this?)

    4) The alarm has gone off. It is ringing but nobody has come yet to help us.

    5) The alarm has been going off for few minutes. It is making a lot of noise turn it off.

    Can we also say "The alarm is ringing"?

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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Setting an alarm off can mean activating it so that it sounds, or setting it so that it doesn't sound.
    "The bomb was about to explode, so I set it off" probably reveals the ambiguity better.
    So "set an alarm off" is correct. Am I correct?

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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    "Set off an alarm" is the more natural order. That's what we do when we press a button (or similar) in order to make the alarm bell ring.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "The bomb was about to explode, so I set it off" probably reveals the ambiguity better.
    Hmm, this sentence can only mean I stopped the bomb from exploding. The other meaning of "set off" just doesn't make sense in this case.

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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    2) The alarm has gone off turn it off. (What is the proper way to say this?) The alarm has gone off. Could you turn it off?

    3) The alarm was going off so I set it off. (What is the proper way to say this?) The alarm was going off. I turned it off.

    4) The alarm has gone off. It is ringing but nobody has come yet to help us. The alarm has gone off but nobody has yet come to help us.

    5) The alarm has been going off for few minutes. It is making a lot of noise turn it off. It is making a lot of noise. Could you turn it off? Or Please turn it off.

    Can we also say "The alarm is ringing"?
    Yes. You can say "The alarm is ringing".

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    Re: I pressed the button and the alarm went off.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    So "set an alarm off" is correct. Am I correct?
    Yes, but there are more natural versions for me.

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