If something is just going to happen,is it common to use "off"?


  • It's just a few weeks off.( Like something, well anything could be used instead of "it's " ,to mean that thing is just a few weeks away?)
  • The due date is just a few weeks off(away).
  • Exams are just a few weeks off(away.)

So what should be used :off/away?

  • The two prepositions are usually equivalent and interchangeable in such contexts. But although I can't think of one offhand, I'm pretty sure there will be at least some similar / related contexts where off either sounds "off" or simply doesn't work at all. So as a learner, you should probably just stick to using away yourself, but be prepared to encounter off. Commented Feb 23, 2019 at 18:20
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    Commented Feb 23, 2019 at 19:03

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You can use either "off" or "away" as an adverb to talk about a distance in time as in the sentences presented. However, the latter (away) is more common. A few weeks off = A few weeks away.

August is less than a week off (The Free dictionary).

Summer is only a week off (The free Dictionary).

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