I have heard so many people use "off of" in a sentence, as in - "get off of me" or "I can't take my eyes off of you" and I think it sounds wrong.
I have always believed that this is incorrect and you just use "off" - get off me...
Can someone tell me whether or not it is actually correct to say off of or not.
It's more redundant than anything else to me.
Put simply, 'off of' is not good English - even when used for over-emphasis!
Language science disagrees with Shakespeare's brother.
How old are you, SB? Are there any other siblings alive?
Riverkid, please please please explain Language Science. It is a most unusual tag for a mode of communication that is not exact...as you have in fact testified to!
But seriously...'off of'? Is it popular in Canada? Because it grates on me as I'm sure it does for my younger brother too.
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How much something grates on a body isn't really any sound test of language suitability, is it?
It probably wouldn't have bothered Ole Will at all, SB. Have a read here.
What is with this selective holding posts out until they are "approved" by a moderator? It pulled out my original but let's this nonsense post, above, thru. ???????????????
Obviously, what you had to say originally had not been deemed worthy. SB.
Some dictionaries categorize 'off of' as an idiom which is especially common in spoken English. Personally, I don't really think people add 'of' for emphasis; I think 'off of' is in fact simply idiomatic.
I've also read that the usage is quite old, going back to at least the 16th century.
Gosh, I'd hate to see the following lyrics changed as a result of some overly zealous idea of grammatical propriety:
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off of you.