Fall off/from the roof

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Korenson, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Korenson New Member

    Russian Belarus
    Hello, dear friends!

    I am courious about the right usage of the phrase like
    He fell off/from the roof (of a building)

    Which option is correct? And can I use the short phrase He fell when the curcamstances of the accident are known to the companion?
    Thank you very much
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2016
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    Colorado
    English-US
    Hi, Korenson. Both "off" and "from" look entirely normal in that example. If your companion knows the circumstances already, you can certainly use a shorter version like "when he fell" if you need to talk about that incident: Do you remember when he fell?
     
  3. tutenkharnage Banned

    English, USA
    Both are perfectly acceptable and mean the same thing. :)
     
  4. Korenson New Member

    Russian Belarus
    Thank you for you help :)
     
  5. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    And the end result is the same!
     
  6. karlalou Banned

    母国語:日本語
    He fell from the roof.
    He fell off from the roof.
    He fell off the roof.

    Do they mean the same?

    The WR dictionary says a splinter is "a small, thin, sharp piece of wood, bone, etc., split off from the main body:", and, to me, this is easy to understand, but Oxford dictionary says a splinter is "a small, thin sharp piece of wood, metal, glass, etc. that has broken off a larger piece", and I feel uneasy. Is it a difference between American and British?
     
  7. RedwoodGrove

    RedwoodGrove Senior Member

    California
    English, USA
    Fall from outer space. :tick:
    Fall off outer space. :cross:
    Fall off the wagon. :tick:
    Fall from the wagon.:cross:
    Fall from grace. :tick:
    Fall off grace. :cross:
     
  8. My OED dictionary shows "broken off from a larger piece"
     
  9. karlalou Banned

    母国語:日本語
    Thank you, RedwoodGrove and Dale Texas. :)

    Ok. So sometimes off or from or off from, all work, but not always..
    I think the falling from the outer space example is especially great!
     
  10. RedwoodGrove

    RedwoodGrove Senior Member

    California
    English, USA
    You're welcome Thank you!
     

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