I saw this phrase today in a meme

Visit Australia - Where there is stuff the bites the heads off crocodiles. 

Because of the way my natural language works, makes more sense to me if there was an of after the off, making it

Visit Australia - Where there is stuff the bites the heads off of crocodiles. 

But I agree that the phrase would be horrible that way.

Is the first phrase ok or is there a kind of construct that must be used in that case?


It seems that "off" vs "off of" is largely a matter of preference and there is some debate about it. For example: https://grammarist.com/usage/off-of/


It seems that "off of" is often considered either redundant or incorrect depending on who you ask. It also appears to be more common in American English as opposed to British English. Either way, you're unlikely to be criticised for either so feel free to use whichever you want in everyday usage.

P.S. Your sentence should say "...stuff that bites..." Byte is a noun referring to computer storage. Bite is the verb that you are looking for

  • interesting. It really makes more sense to me off of but sounds horrible.... (the bytes typo was a mistake... I work with computers, so my hand automatically writes bytes instead of bites)...😃 – Duck Mar 9 '20 at 14:02
  • thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Duck Mar 9 '20 at 14:02

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