LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||16/JUN/2008 7:25 PM|
|Assunto:||Re: Significado de Off|
Q:Tamas from Hungary writes:
I have two sentences:
* vacationers reported seeing sharks just off the coast
In your first sentence, Tamas, off appears in off the coast to describe something that is situated near or next to land, but which is not exactly on the coast.
[at some distance from...the coast..................now the boldening is mine]
Consider these other similar examples:
* We live just off The Avenue. Drive along The Avenue almost to the end and then turn off to the right into a little cul-de-sac.
* The Inner and Outer Hebrides are situated off the Western coast of Scotland.
"We live in a house in a small road just off the main road. In other words this means the small road comes away from the main road."
...''If you want to use 'off' in a similar sentence, meaning 'away from' or 'at some distance from', you could say for example:
My house is off the main road. The house is one mile off the beach. His house is just off the seafront. "
I hope some way this helps.
Off course, further comments are likely to come.
See you around.
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