"set off a bomb" or " set a bomb off"

roniy

Senior Member
ISRAEL: Fluent Hebrew ( Speak Russian, Learning English)
"set off a bomb" or " set a bomb off"

I know these both are possible. But is there any significant difference or any difference at all ?

Thanks.
 
  • Random1

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    I think they are the exact same :)

    The bus went under 50 mph and it set off a bomb
    or
    the bus went under 50 mph and it set the bomb off.

    For some reason I want to use "the" in set the bomb off, instead of a bomb off. "A" seems wierd for some reason.
     

    Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    Hello roniy,

    I suppose, if pushed, one could make a distinction between the two, but it would be a distinction without a difference! The distinction would be so subtle, if it exists at all, that most native speakers wouldn't pick up on it!

    Hope this helps.
    Joelline
     
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