off or from

JACEK1

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Hello all users!

Taking into account the following sentences, which prepositions are more appropriate?

You had better stay clear of me because I have the flu and don't want you to catch the bug off me.

You had better stay clear of me because I have the flu and don't want you to catch the bug from me.

Don't eat off this plate; it is dirty.

Don't eat from this plate; it is dirty.

What is your opinion?

Thank you
 

GoesStation

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Off is possible in casual American usage in the first pair of sentences, but you should use from.

I'd use off in the second pair.
 

emsr2d2

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"Off" and "from" are both possible in the first though it's a very long-winded way of saying the more natural "Don't breathe near me. I've got flu".

"Off" and "from" are both possible in the second too.
 
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