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  1. saosangmo
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    tops off of everything?

    Hi teachers,
    Could you explain the "tops off of everything"
    I used to get so mad at you because you left the tops off of everything. I get it in
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    thanks


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    Re: tops off of everything?

    The husband takes the top off the tube of toothpaste, and doesn't put it back on after cleaning his teeth. He takes a jar of pickles out of the fridge, unscrews the top and takes out a pickle. Then he puts the jar back in the fridge without putting the lid back on it. etc
    He leaves the tops off everything.


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    Re: tops off of everything?

    OK, thank David for your quick answer.


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    Re: tops off of everything?

    I think you left the tops of everything off /left off the tops of everything < gramartically right I guess.

    and 'tops off of everything' is grammartically wrong I guess?

    can anyone make it clear?


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    Re: tops off of everything?

    You caught me. That is the correct grammar: 'leave the tops off of everything'.
    'leave the tops of everything off' is stilted, and a native speaker would avoid it.
    Because of how 'off of' sounds as you say it - like a stutter - and the similar position and movement of the jaw like a fish gulping water, in casual conversation you will hear (as I lapsed into) people say 'leave the top off the milk bottle', 'leave the tops off everything'.
    Your grammar is going to be better than mine before long!
    Last edited by David L.; 21-Dec-2007 at 15:25.

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    Re: tops off of everything?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
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    'leave the tops of everything off' is stilted, and a native speaker would avoid it.
    ...
    In the words of Gary Cooper, "smile when you say that"

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