When do we use on/off ?
- get on
- Shall we have a break or you want to play on?
(= continue playing)
- We walked on down the road.
- We can’t go on living like this. We need to make a change.
(= continue living)
- I don’t want to carry on working in a pub.
- Please go on with your practice.
- I keep on making the same mistakes.
(= do it repeatedly)
- How are you getting on with your studies?
- Do you get on well with your brother?
- I must get on with diet.
(= continue doing something you have to do)
- I hate chemistry. I doze off every lesson.
(= fall asleep)
- I think I’ll finish off my painting tomorrow.
(= do the last part of something)
- My alarm went off at 7 a.m.
- A bomb went off at 9 p.m. in the city center.
- I wanted to go on a concert but the price of the tickets put me off.
(= cause somebody not to want something or to do something)
- Monika likes to show off.
(= try to impress somebody with your ability or knowledge)
- My mother told my sister off for misbehaving.
(= speak angrily to somebody because they did something wrong)
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