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sevengem

Senior Member
Chinese
The bag fell ________ my bike.

Do we fill in the blank with "from" or "off"? What's the difference? :confused:
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    The bag fell off my bike (the bag was on my bike before it fell)

    The bag fell from my bike (e.g. from the handlebars, it was not on the bike).

    If there is a difference between the two, one could think of it in this way. The problem is knowing whether something is on the bike in the first place.
     

    sevengem

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    So do you mean that we can only use "off" when the object was originally "on" the surface of another thing?

    e.g. in the sky --- fall from the sky
    on the table----fall off the table
     
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