Is there any difference in the meaning of these phrases ? They seem interchangeable to me, any context in which "off" and "from" give different meaning to the verb?


  • hang the bag from the hook
  • hang the bag off the hook

Thank you.

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    – Helmar
    Aug 23, 2016 at 15:12
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    "hang the bag on the hook" sounds more standard to my ears.
    – k1eran
    Aug 23, 2016 at 16:20
  • In that sentence, both 'from' and 'off' seem to indicate that you should not hang the bag 'on' the hook. However, most people would understand what you mean.
    – MikeP
    Aug 23, 2016 at 17:21

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I would say hang the bag on the hook, the broken wing was hanging off the aeroplane, the light fitting was hanging from the ceiling and HANG ON FOR DEAR LIFE!, so I suppose that your examples are not really interchangeable after all :)

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