tear off or tear down

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stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

One moment ago, the book was intact, but one moment later, one page of it has been out of place due to the toddler's forceful tearing.

Should I say "the toddler tore off a page or tore down a page"?


Thanks
 
  • boozer

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    Tore off a page.

    PS. Toddlers do that, indeed. A healthy toddler in a good frame of mind will not stop after tearing off a page. He will keep tearing off page after page. Failing that, he will steal a napkin and tear it into millions of tiny pieces and then spread them evenly all around the house so you will keep finding pieces for months to come. :D
     
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    dadane

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    English-London
    If you tear off a page, say from a notebook, you are usually removing the front page. A random page I usually tear out.
     

    RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    And I suppose it's worth noting that if the page wasn't completely removed from the book, the toddler simply tore it.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    As dadane said, you tear off the top page of a pad of paper - a notepad, notebook, block of A4 sheets, etc.
     

    boozer

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    Yes, sure, Andy, I am perfectly fine with that observation. I was asking Parla because it sounded as though she was not comfortable with tear off at all...
     
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