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    Usage of 'go on'

    When did the alarm go on last night?

    Can someone please tell me if go on can be used instead of go off here?

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    Re: Usage of 'go on'

    Not really. Go on has a durative, continuous aspect. It often means "continue".

    Go off, on the other hand, has an inchoative or 'starting' aspect. It often means "begin."

    So they are not interchangeable in the way you hoped.

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    Re: Usage of 'go on'

    Thanks a lot, konungursvia

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