[Grammar] Leave out

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Hi, I have two questions about "leave out".

1. When I use "leave out" in place of "omit" in the sentence below, which preposition is correct, of or from? I believe "of" is correct to use, but would like to know if "from" is also OK.

Don't omit his name from the list.
Don't leave his name out of/from the list.


2. Can I change the word order in the following sentence?

A. Don't leave his name out of the list.
B. Don't leave out his name of the list.

For some reason, B sounds a little clumsy to me and "Don't leave out his name from list" sounds more flowing.

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1. No, "from" is not OK. "Don't leave his name off of the list" is the way I'd say it.

2. For B, use "from" or "on."
 

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I would say, "Don't leave his name off the list." (Not 'off of').
 

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We Americans like our "off ofs."
 

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And we elderly Brits hate them.
I wanted to reply with something snarky, but then I realized that Get off your high hat!​ is the only natural way to say that expression in American English. :)
 

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"Leave off" may work, but why use the negative?

I appreciate your suggestion. I now realize that I should use positive when asking someone not to do something. It sounds more encouraging and pleasant. I will keep your advice in mind.Thank you.
 

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Thank you for answering my questions. Please let me make sure that I followed all your advice correctly.

The sentences below are acceptable:

Don't leave his name off the list.
Don't leave his name off of the list. (American English)
Don't leave out his name from the list.
Don't leave out his name on the list.
 

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Thank you for answering my questions. Please let me make sure that I followed all your advice correctly.

The sentences below are acceptable:

Don't leave his name off the list.:tick:
Don't leave his name off of the list. (American English):tick:
Don't leave out his name from the list.:cross:
Don't leave out his name on the list.:cross:
See above. "Leave out" is a phrasal verb which does not normally allow a following preposition. (I wrote "normally" but in fact I can't think of a case where a following preposition is possible.)
 

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"Leave out" is a phrasal verb which does not normally allow a following preposition.

Thank you. Initially, I wanted to know what prepositions are appropriate for "leave out" in general.
Your explanation is very clear to me. I will not try to use a preposition with "leave out" from now on.
 

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"Leave out" is a phrasal verb which does not normally allow a following preposition. (I wrote "normally" but in fact I can't think of a case where a following preposition is possible.)
I thought of one: There's a pie on the counter. I left it out to cool off.
 

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There's a pie on the counter. I left it out for you.
 
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