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Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences.

The job interview went well.

The job interview went off well.

I think there is a difference because why would anyone add off.

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The use of go off in your second example expresses idiomatically the same meaning as the first one:

To go off:

to happen in a particular way:

  • The protest march went off peacefully.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

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The only place I'm used to hearing "went off" in this sense is in the expression "went off without a hitch," which means something went smoothly without any unexpected problems. I can't think of any other scenario where "went off" is preferable to or changes the meaning of "went."

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  • In British English, your cited example is actually just as common without "off" as with it. But the "verbal flourish" of using to go off in the sense of to go = proceed / take place / come to fruition is by no means limited to that exact context. Nov 26, 2019 at 14:28

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