Which usage is correct/formal with clothes?

I took my shirt off.


I took off my shirt.

I've seen both of these usage. Is there any difference?


Both sentences are grammatical. I don't really distinguish between the two forms, but take off your shirt might be slightly more casual.

Using Google Ngram Viewer, I confirmed my suspicion that I took off my shirt is the more popular form. In general, I think take off is more common.

  • To take off my shirt means that at this moment, I am taking off my shirt. Took off my shirt means that I have already taken off my shirt. I think that they have different meanings and are not interchangeable as this answer suggests. – Corypheus May 28 '18 at 19:32

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