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    JACEK1 is offline Key Member
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    off or from

    Hello all users!

    Taking into account the following sentences, which prepositions are more appropriate?

    You had better stay clear of me because I have the flu and don't want you to catch the bug off me.

    You had better stay clear of me because I have the flu and don't want you to catch the bug from me.

    Don't eat off this plate; it is dirty.

    Don't eat from this plate; it is dirty.

    What is your opinion?

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    Re: off or from

    Off is possible in casual American usage in the first pair of sentences, but you should use from.

    I'd use off in the second pair.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: off or from

    "Off" and "from" are both possible in the first though it's a very long-winded way of saying the more natural "Don't breathe near me. I've got flu".

    "Off" and "from" are both possible in the second too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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