Suppose the context is soccer (association football).

For these three sentences using "from", "off", and "on":

  1. to score a goal from a long pass
  2. to score a goal off a long pass
  3. to score a goal on a long pass

do "from", "off", and "on" have different meanings?

  • I would say that #1 and #2 are interchangeable. You could also use after: to score a goal after a long pass.
    – J.R.
    Jul 18, 2014 at 8:56

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to score a goal on a long pass

This would mean that a player was trying to do a long pass to a teammate, but the ball somehow ended up going in the net (scoring a goal) instead.

The first two have the same meaning, in that a player successfully passed the ball to a teammate and that teammate scored a goal.

  • The third may have the same meaning as the other two. In soccer I have found it only when the subject is the player who puts the ball in goal, ("Eduardo Vargas scored on a pass from Charles Arýnguiz"); but in hockey it is often said that a team "scores on a pass", and in US football the team, the quarterback and the receiver are all said to "score on a pass". Jul 18, 2014 at 15:53

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