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    Can we say this ?

    Can we say " put off " instead of " switch off " when we ask someone to turn out the electric lights in a room ?


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    Re: Can we say this ?

    It's 'turn off' , referring to electric lights.
    If you have a candle or paraffin lamp, or torch, you might say, 'put out that light'.

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    Re: Can we say this ?

    Quote Originally Posted by chiradeep sirkar View Post
    Can we say " put off " instead of " switch off " when we ask someone to turn out the electric lights in a room ?
    Hi, chiradeep sirkar! Welcome to the forum!

    Common usage would be "Shut off the lights." ("Switch off" could be used, also.)

    I view "put off" as setting something aside rather than dealing with it immediately.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Can we say this ?

    And therefore the term " put off ", with respect to the action of turning off lights, is incorrect -- even in casual conversation.

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    Re: Can we say this ?

    Thank you. But, just to be doubly sure, is it incorrect in colloquial as in say, " Hey, just put off the lights, will you."

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    Re: Can we say this ?

    Quote Originally Posted by chiradeep sirkar View Post
    Thank you. But, just to be doubly sure, is it incorrect in colloquial as in say, " Hey, just put off the lights, will you."
    Your friends will definitely understand you when you say: " Hey, just put off the lights, will you."

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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