If we have to talk about turning off the switch by using the place (main switch; like something is connected to a secondary power socket, which is in turn connected to the main socket)

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So something has been connected to this socket and this is connected to the main socket

Someone is trying turn on something by turning on the switch here but the main switch has been turned off. My question is whether the following uses of "from here" and "from there" are natural. Are they?

It has been turned off from there. (while pointing there)

It has been turned off from the main socket.

And what about:

It has been turned off from here. (you are standing there and telling this to the other person)

You can turn it on from here.

You can turn it on from there.

  • Please do not ask individuals leaving comments to answer your question.
    – J.R.
    Jun 7, 2019 at 19:37
  • @jan I disagree. i think "from" is better left in than removed from the examples in the question. Jun 7, 2019 at 22:57

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All of the listed forms are perfectly acceptable and feel natural to me.

It has been turned off from the main socket.

could also be

It has been turned off at the main socket.

and i think that usage is more common, but "at" cannot be use in thagt way with '="here" or "there".

In the form

You can turn it on from here.

I would be inclined to omit "from" saying only

You can turn it on here.

but I would not be inclined to omit "from" in the other forms, although one could do so, provided that the statement is not ambiguous in context.

  • I thought we only connect something to or disconnect it from a socket, not turning them on or off! Is it really idiomatic to say turn this on at the socket or something like this? I am a bit confused!
    – Cardinal
    Jun 8, 2019 at 3:48
  • So it sounds natural to you, right? Jun 8, 2019 at 5:21
  • It seems all your examples are about a socket, where you plug something in or out. Would you also use "from" for a switch, which you turn on or off?
    – Jan
    Jun 8, 2019 at 7:17
  • Well, can't it mean "switch" as well? Jun 8, 2019 at 7:35
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    @Cardinal perhaps. I read "connected" in the sense of "a connection exists" not "a connection is now being made". It is often used in both senses. OP's question could be read in either way, but it does speak of a "main switch " and does not speak of "plugging in" which is why I read it as I did. Jun 8, 2019 at 14:51

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