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    Question rooms off?

    Hello,

    I have a question.

    There's an article that describes a castle.
    It says "This castle had a lot of rooms off that people could come in and out of".

    I don't understand what "off" means here. Does it mean "outside"?

    Does this sentence mean "There are lots of spaces outside in this castle
    so that people could come in and out"?

    Thank you,
    Tara


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    Re: rooms off?

    I misread the question.

    I have no idea what off means in such a context. It appears to be nonsensical.
    Last edited by colloquium; 31-Jul-2008 at 10:56.

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    Re: rooms off?

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question.

    There's an article that describes a castle.
    It says "This castle had a lot of rooms off that people could come in and out of".

    I don't understand what "off" means here. Does it mean "outside"?

    Does this sentence mean "There are lots of spaces outside in this castle
    so that people could come in and out"?

    Thank you,
    Tara
    I've never heard the term used that way. But you can say "There's an en suite off the main bedroom; there's a small pantry off the kitchen". This just means that they are next to the main room. So, I'd guess that you don't have to go outside the castle to get to them - maybe a covered walkway though.

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    #4

    Re: rooms off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question.

    There's an article that describes a castle.
    It says "This castle had a lot of rooms off that people could come in and out of".

    I don't understand what "off" means here. Does it mean "outside"?

    Does this sentence mean "There are lots of spaces outside in this castle
    so that people could come in and out"?

    Thank you,
    Tara
    As a learner I think it means that there are always a lot of rooms which are not closed and not have been used by any way. (abandoned in sense of living in) People are allowed to get in , look at the place and get out to the next one or leave.

    I might be wrong, of course.

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    Re: rooms off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I've never heard the term used that way. But you can say "There's an en suite off the main bedroom; there's a small pantry off the kitchen". This just means that they are next to the main room. So, I'd guess that you don't have to go outside the castle to get to them - maybe a covered walkway though.
    Neither have I, but I think you're right. The only context in which I've met "<noun> off" without a following noun or pronoun (as in cases like "...off the main bedroom") - in a 3-dimensional description* - is in stage directions: "Noises off" means "Noises [are made] off[-stage]". In fact "noises off" is such a strong collocation that I think it's been used as a book title.

    So - come to think of it - maybe the castle hall described in the original post was a stage set.

    b

    *This excludes "time/day/week off", "laugh your head off", "rub the dirt off", and many other examples.

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    Re: rooms off?

    Hello Raymott,

    Thank you very much for your explanation with examples.
    They helped me understand the meaning.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: rooms off?

    To the people who responded to this question;

    Thank you very much.
    Your comments helped me a lot.

    Tara

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