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    balance and worthy

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Ecology is out of balance.
    I only know I can say "off balance" and I can't find the expression "out of balance" in my dictionary. Could you please explain if this use of "out of balance' correct? If it is correct could you please explain the difference between "out of balance" and "off balance"?

    No.2
    He felt himself unworthy of the praise.
    Can I say "He felt himself not worthy of the praise"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: balance and worthy

    off balance surprised or confused. Policy makers were caught off balance by the speed and success of Canada's efforts to ban the weapons.
    Usage notes: often used with keep or throw: The stories were part of an effort to keep the antiwar movement off balance.
    out of balance
    imbalance, unbalance, instability - a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium; "a hormonal imbalance"


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    He felt himself unworthy of the praise.
    He felt himself not worthy of the praise.

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    Re: balance and worthy

    Hi,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. The following is from Cambridge Dictionary:

    off balance adjective [after verb], adverb
    1 If someone or something is off balance, they are in a position where they are likely to fall or be knocked down:
    A gust of wind knocked/threw her off balance and she fell.

    2 confused or uncertain about what to do next:
    Many Republicans were thrown off balance by the Democrats' landslide at the polls.

    May I say the first meaning of "off balance" is the same as "out of balance"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    off balance surprised or confused. Policy makers were caught off balance by the speed and success of Canada's efforts to ban the weapons.
    Usage notes: often used with keep or throw: The stories were part of an effort to keep the antiwar movement off balance.
    out of balance
    imbalance, unbalance, instability - a lack of balance or state of disequilibrium; "a hormonal imbalance"


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    He felt himself unworthy of the praise.
    He felt himself not worthy of the praise.

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    Re: balance and worthy

    Neither definition is applicable for Ecology is out of balance; i.e., not in balance; re: equal; equilibrium; my car tires are out of balance, not off balance.

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