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masterding

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Quote from a Harvard open course:
I think that the ideal of marriage involves procreation.And it's fine that, homosexuals would go off and cohabitate with each other but the government doesn't have a responsibility to encourage that.
What does "go off " mean here?
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Olympian

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**** Not a teacher ****

I think here it means "to leave for a particular purpose" (in this case to cohabitate), but I am not sure.

I got this from here. The example sentences given in that online dictionary are:

[INTRANSITIVE] to leave a place, especially for a particular purpose
go off to
: Dave’s gone off to the south of France for the summer.

go off to do something: He went off to have lunch in the canteen at one o’clock.

But in the example it has "go off to" and in your sentence it says "go off and". So please wait for confirmation from a teacher or senior member of this forum if this meaning is correct.
 

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We use "cohabit" not "cohabitate".
 
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