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    Which phrasal verb is correct in the sentence and why:
    "Pickpockets usually get off/away without being punished."

    Both verbs have a similar meaning - leave, escape (as from punishment). What's the difference and usage then? Please help.

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    Re: get off/away without being punished

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which phrasal verb is correct in the sentence and why:
    "Pickpockets usually get off/away without being punished."

    Both verbs have a similar meaning - leave, escape (as from punishment). What's the difference and usage then? Please help.
    I think you mixed the two phrasal verbs.
    'Get off with' means 'to have sex with' while 'get/do away with' means 'to not get caught/punished when you have done something wrong'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by paochai01 View Post
    I think you mixed the two phrasal verbs.
    'Get off with' means 'to have sex with' while 'get/do away with' means 'to not get caught/punished when you have done something wrong'.
    get off,
    a.to escape the consequences of or punishment for one's actions.
    b.to help (someone) escape punishment: A good lawyer might get you off.
    c.to begin a journey; leave: He got off on the noon flight.
    d.to leave (a train, plane, etc.); dismount from (a horse); alight.
    e.to tell (a joke); express (an opinion): The comedian got off a couple of good ones.
    f.Informal. to have the effrontery: Where does he get off telling me how to behave?
    g.Slang: Vulgar. to experience orgasm.
    h.to experience or cause to experience a high from or as if from a drug.
    i.to cause to feel pleasure, enthusiasm, or excitement: a new rock group that gets everyone off.


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    Re: get off/away without being punished

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Which phrasal verb is correct in the sentence and why:
    "Pickpockets usually get off/away without being punished."

    Both verbs have a similar meaning - leave, escape (as from punishment). What's the difference and usage then? Please help.
    To get off means to escape the punishment
    To get away with something means to perpetrate or accomplish a misdeed without detection or punishment

    In your sentence, "Pickpockets usually get away without being punished", you are suggesting that pickpockets are never caught.

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    Well, the point is that the key to the exercise where the sentence appeared says thatget off is correct here - 'Pickpockets usually get off without being punished'.

    However I'm not sure if get away sounds incorect. To me it sounds ok if we mean that pickpockets physically leave a place and are not caught:
    Pickpockets usually get away without being punished = Pickpockets usually escape (from the place of crime) and are not punished.
    Whereas
    Pickpockets usually get off without being punished = Pickpockets usually escape a punishment. = Pickpockets usually get away with stealing.

    Am I right? Does it make sense?
    I'd be very grateful for a native speaker's opinion and comment on this.
    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: get off/away without being punished

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisy23 View Post
    Well, the point is that the key to the exercise where the sentence appeared says thatget off is correct here - 'Pickpockets usually get off without being punished'.

    However I'm not sure if get away sounds incorrect. To me it sounds ok if we mean that pickpockets physically leave a place and are not caught:
    Pickpockets usually get away without being punished = Pickpockets usually escape (from the place of crime) and are not punished.
    Whereas
    Pickpockets usually get off without being punished = Pickpockets usually escape a punishment. = Pickpockets usually get away with stealing.

    Am I right? Does it make sense?
    I'd be very grateful for a native speaker's opinion and comment on this.
    Thanks in advance.
    You are logically right, but that does not help the poster to decide which phrasal verb to select.

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