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I was wondering how should I pronounce "off" in the sentence below:

Can't take my eyes off you.

Do we pronounce the "f" twice ?

NB : is there a general rule ?

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  • Was your "particular case" the song Can't Take My Eyes Off You?
    – GoDucks
    Feb 2, 2016 at 8:24
  • I ask this because different singers sing this line differently in the song, with or without of. So even if you have lyrics which say Can't take my eyes off you, the singer (probably most of them) may actually be singing can't take my eyes off of you.
    – GoDucks
    Feb 3, 2016 at 5:43

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Can't take my eyes off you.

off only has the sound of one "f". Maybe what you heard was:

Can't take my eyes off of you.

When you say off of quickly, the "f" in of sounds like an extra "f" added to the "f sound in off. So "ff" sound (or possibly "fv" I suppose).

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    I doubt that "off of" is more proper. Consider en.wiktionary.org/wiki/off_of. Feb 2, 2016 at 7:57
  • I take (at)user3169's use of proper is to mean the more usual use of the phrase, popularise by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in their 1967 hit here. A fantastic song! Can't take my eyes off you* can be the opposite of I'll keep an eye on you
    – Peter
    Feb 2, 2016 at 10:21
  • @laugh Sorry that was a poor description. I edited it.
    – user3169
    Feb 2, 2016 at 18:23
  • @Peter "I'll keep an eye on you" is not opposite, but more like spying on or watching someone without being noticed. Opposite might be "I can't stand to look at you."
    – user3169
    Feb 2, 2016 at 18:26
  • @GoDucks OK I'll drop the matter.
    – user3169
    Feb 2, 2016 at 18:49
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A single "f" sound. Note that it's different from the "v" sound in of.

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