Common mistake think/know off (of)

The Common Mistake: Think/Know Off (Of)

One of the most common mistakes people make in English usage is the confusion between "off" and the phrase "off of." While both phrases might seem similar, they are used differently in different contexts.

Using "Off"

The preposition "off" is often used to indicate a separation or detachment from something. It is used in many different situations and can be followed by various nouns or pronouns.

  • She took the book off the shelf.
  • The cat jumped off the table.
  • Please turn off the lights before leaving.

The Trap: "Off Of"

The phrase "off of" is an incorrect usage that is commonly used, especially in casual conversations. While it might sound natural to native speakers, it is grammatically incorrect and should be avoided in formal writing.

  • Incorrect: Please take that off of the table.
  • Correct: Please take that off the table.
  • Incorrect: I can't get off of this chair.
  • Correct: I can't get off this chair.

The Correct Usage: "Off"

To avoid the common mistake, it is essential to remember that "off" alone is sufficient to convey the meaning of separation or detachment. Adding "of" after "off" is unnecessary and incorrect.

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think/know off (of) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    It's the only part of KDE I know off that uses automasking.

    It's the only part of KDE I know of that uses automasking.

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