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    meaning

    We have a week off. Any plans?
    When are you off? Wednesday morning, on flight 912.
    What is the meaning off in the first and second sentence?
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    Re: meaning

    Where are you off to?
    The meaning of this sentence is "Where are you leaving"?
    More examples of this kind :
    (1) I'm just going off to the shops.
    (2) She's off to Canada next week.
    And this meaning comes from the following definition of the dictionary :
    off
    away from a place or position, especially the present place or position:

    We have a week off. Any plans?

    here, off means (not at work)
    So,
    The meaning of this sentence is, "We have holidays from work for a week. Any plans"?
    More examples of this kind :
    (1) I was off work yesterday. [I was not at work yesterday]
    (2) He's off at the moment. [He is not at the working place. (may be he went for a lunch)]


    Note : I am just a beginner. I have interpretted the meaning of "off" as far as I know.
    Last edited by user_gary; 09-Aug-2007 at 04:28.

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    Re: meaning

    I agree with the second part of Gary's explanation. Here are some additional comments.

    "When are you off?"
    My first understanding would be "What days do you have as vacation/leave/not scheduled?"

    Your friend works a rotating schedule: When are you off this week?

    Your friend says he's looking forward to relaxing on his vacation coming up. Great! When are you off?

    I would not expect "When are you off?" to be answered with airline flight information. That would be a more natural response to When do you leave? or When do you take off?

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    Re: meaning

    Thank you Barb_D

    I overlooked the original question.
    I thought, it was "where are you off?". I never thought of, "when are you off"?

    The first part of the explanation was about "where are you off"?
    Last edited by user_gary; 08-Aug-2007 at 16:37.

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    Re: meaning

    [quote=user_gary;198070]Thank you Barb_D

    I overlooked the original question.
    I thought, it was "where are you off?". I never thought of, "when are you off"?

    The first part of the explanation was about "where are you off"?[/quote]

    where are you off to?

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