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    switch off

    Hello everyone,
    Well, here's its deffinition:
    "switch off, phrasal verb, informal:
    to stop giving your attention to someone or something
    If he gets bored, he just switches off and looks out the window."
    I just want to compose some examples of my own to see if I understant it correctly, so please correct me if I'm wrong:
    1)The tv documentry I wanted to watch the other day was not really interesting so I switched off.
    2)She was speaking in an impolite way so I switched off and I quite the room.
    3)I'm switched off with those tough homeworks.
    4)You seem to be switched off, do you want me to change the topic?!

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Sara

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    Re: switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello everyone,
    Well, here's its deffinition:
    "switch off, phrasal verb, informal:
    to stop giving your attention to someone or something
    If he gets bored, he just switches off and looks out the window."
    I just want to compose some examples of my own to see if I understant it correctly, so please correct me if I'm wrong:
    1)The tv documentry I wanted to watch the other day was not really interesting so I switched off.
    2)She was speaking in an impolite way so I switched off and I quite the room.
    3)I'm switched off with those tough homeworks.
    4)You seem to be switched off, do you want me to change the topic?!

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Sara
    1. The TV documentary wasn't very interesting so I switched IT off.
    2. We would not normally use 'switch off' here.....you can, but it is not normal. She was speaking impolitely so I ignored her and left the room.
    3. This is definitely wrong, I'm afraid. I don't like these tough homework assignments. We don't use 'switch off' here.
    4. You seem to be elsewhere. Shall we talk about something else ? Again, we don't normally use 'switch off' here.

    Switch off the lights, the TV, the car engine etc. One of my students switched off half way through the lesson and looked out of the window. He was boring me silly (he was sending me to sleep) so I switched off and imagined him wearing a bathing suit.

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    #3

    Re: switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello everyone,
    Well, here's its deffinition:
    "switch off, phrasal verb, informal:
    to stop giving your attention to someone or something
    If he gets bored, he just switches off and looks out the window."
    I just want to compose some examples of my own to see if I understant it correctly, so please correct me if I'm wrong:
    1)The tv documentry I wanted to watch the other day was not really interesting so I switched off.
    2)She was speaking in an impolite way so I switched off and I quite the room.
    3)I'm switched off with those tough homeworks.
    4)You seem to be switched off, do you want me to change the topic?!

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Sara

    1)The tv documentry I wanted to watch the other day was not really interesting so I switched off. Informally this is OK.
    2)She was speaking in an impolite way so I switched off and I quite the room. Informally this is OK.
    3)I'm switched off with those tough homeworks. This does not work at all.
    4)You seem to be switched off, do you want me to change the topic? Informally this is OK.

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