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08 / 06 / 2005

SET OFF: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today's expression is: set off SET OFF (FOR) (inseparable) Inseparable and non-transitive --> it doesn't take an object, but you can add the adverbial phrase for place to indicate where you are setting off for. Meaning: to leave on a journey-trip or to start going somewhere. Example 1: We will set off early tomorrow morning. Example 2: We're setting off for the airport at 6 a.m. tomorrow. We can also use the verb set out with the same meaning: to set out on a journey-trip. SET SOMETHING OFF (separable) Meaning: to cause something to operate, especially by accident. Example 3: Don't open that window or you'll set off the fire alarm. OR Don't open that window or you'll set the fire alarm off. Tomorrow we will look at one more phrasal verb with the verb SET. If you have any questions about today's expressions, please don't hesitate to contact us. I hope you have a good day.


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