My shirt is torn <off/apart>

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hectacon

Senior Member
Hindi
My shirt is torn. Could you mend it for me?


My shirt is torn off. Could you mend it for me?


My shirt is torn apart. Could you mend it for me?

what is the difference between torn , torn off and torn apart?
 
  • pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    My shirt is torn. = There is a rip in my shirt. Probably just one, but maybe two or three.


    My shirt is torn off. = Someone has violently pulled my shirt off. (We'd be more likely to say "has been" than "is.")


    My shirt is torn apart. = It's in many small pieces. It's unlikely that anyone could mend it.
     
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    Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    Your second sentence using "torn off" isn't correct in the context.

    The first is fine.

    The third could be used if your shirt was torn into pieces, as opposed to a small tear. Unlikely it could be mended in such a case.

    Cross-posted.
     
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