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    I am off to eat

    I have seen the below sentence in the dictionary :

    I am off to sleep.


    So, I wonder if I also can say, "I am off to eat"; "I am off to drink milk"; "I am off to read books"; "I am off to read to my children".

    Please help me.

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    Re: I am off to eat

    Yes. Although "I'm off" usually indicates you're leaving for a significant amount of time, so unless you spend an hour drinking milk, it would probably sound funny if you said "I'm off to drink milk." It's also quite common just to announce, "I'm off," and then if someone protests, "Oh, must you leave so soon?" you can then explain your intentions: "Yes, I have to meet someone for dinner." or "I have an early meeting tomorrow, so I have to get some sleep."

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    Smile Re: I am off to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    I have seen the below sentence in the dictionary :

    I am off to sleep.


    So, I wonder if I also can say, "I am off to eat"; "I am off to drink milk"; "I am off to read books"; "I am off to read to my children".

    Please help me.
    ' I am breaking off for lunch '/ 'I am breaking off for a cup of milk ' will sound more appropiate.

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    Re: I am off to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by arunp View Post
    ' I am breaking off for lunch '/ 'I am breaking off for a cup of milk ' will sound more appropiate.
    Why more appropriate? From whose point of view? Why, why, why?

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    Re: I am off to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Why more appropriate? From whose point of view? Why, why, why?
    Well, it is a suggestion for the user to consider...as the context is well known to him

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    Re: I am off to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by arunp View Post
    Well, it is a suggestion for the user to consider...as the context is well known to him
    But do you know context to say:
    ' I am breaking off for lunch '/ 'I am breaking off for a cup of milk ' will sound more appropiate.
    ? From your post it follows your proposition is more appropriate but you do not explain why.

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    Angry Re: I am off to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    But do you know context to say:

    ? From your post it follows your proposition is more appropriate but you do not explain why.
    Lets say I am busy playing cards with you and I want a break....

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    Re: I am off to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by arunp View Post
    Lets say I am busy playing cards with you and I want a break....
    But I still don't know why "break off" is more appropriate than "off". So, why?

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    Re: I am off to eat

    In AmE, "breaking off" (for lunch, or milk, or whatever) is not used. You would say "I'm taking a break now" or "I going to take a break and get a glasss of milk" or "It's lunch time, I'm taking a break."

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    Re: I am off to eat

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, "breaking off" (for lunch, or milk, or whatever) is not used. You would say "I'm taking a break now" or "I going to take a break and get a glasss of milk" or "It's lunch time, I'm taking a break."
    Is "I am off" used?

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