Phrasal Verb OFF
Learning phrasal verb off (i.e., the
preposition) is different from learning phrasal verbs from the verbs (like
go or come).
We can use both go off and come off as well as get off, take off, stay off, etc.,
etc. You can think of these verbs with off as the opposite of phrasals with on.
Typically, verbs with 'off' are the opposite of 'on' as
planetook off means
that it is no longeron the earth butin the sky.
They can also refer totime. For instance, when you are at work you
areon the clock, and when you
finish work, you areoff the
Below are some phrasal verbs with off plus their definitions and some sample uses.
Study the list and do the exercise below, then check your answers to see how you did.
OFF = A. go somewhere B. stop work
A. I'm off to the movies with Jed.
B. I'm off work in a couple of hours
OFF = A. vacate or leave B. clean or remove
A. They cleared off before the SWAT team arrived.
B. Mari was told to clear off the table by her mother.
OFF = A. Fall asleep B. Leave someone somewhere after a
A. I dropped off for a few minutes while watching the movie last night.
B. Tine was dropped off at the library by her mother.
OFF = defend or repulse
The army successfully fought off the enemy attack.
OFF = to cause an animal to leave by frightening
Steve frightened off the fox from the hen house.
OFF = A. explode B. become spoiled or rotten
A. The bomb went off precisely at 8:00 a.m..
B. "The milk in the fridge has gone off, can you please get some more?"
OFF = leave in a hurry
She rushed off to work without saying goodbye.
OFF = to cause a person to leave by frightening
He tried to scare off the other children by acting tough.
OFF = A. trigger accidentally. B. begin a
A. The burglar was caught by setting off the silent alarm.
B. They set off in the morning to climb the mountain peak.
OFF = A. depart or be absent from work B. launch (with
planes, rockets etc.) C. remove clothing
A. I won't be at work on Thursday, I'm taking the day off.
B. Watching the space shuttle take off was exciting.
C. "Take your coat off and stay a while," she said.
Phrasal Verb OFF exercise
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