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Can we say " put off " instead of " switch off " when we ask someone to turn out the electric lights in a room ?
 

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It's 'turn off' , referring to electric lights.
If you have a candle or paraffin lamp, or torch, you might say, 'put out that light'.
 

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Can we say " put off " instead of " switch off " when we ask someone to turn out the electric lights in a room ?

Hi, chiradeep sirkar! Welcome to the forum!

Common usage would be "Shut off the lights." ("Switch off" could be used, also.)

I view "put off" as setting something aside rather than dealing with it immediately.

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And therefore the term " put off ", with respect to the action of turning off lights, is incorrect -- even in casual conversation.
 
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Thank you. But, just to be doubly sure, is it incorrect in colloquial as in say, " Hey, just put off the lights, will you."
 

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Thank you. But, just to be doubly sure, is it incorrect in colloquial as in say, " Hey, just put off the lights, will you."

Your friends will definitely understand you when you say: " Hey, just put off the lights, will you."

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