There are two "off" in the below sentence, are they both adverb? does "off+of" mean "from"? I am trying to find its meaning in longman dictionary, but failed, which explanation can the word "OFF" match?

This is all plastic picked up off of beaches, every single bit of it," said Pozzi, "So we have processed about 18 tons of garbage off of a small area of beach in the last six years. And it could be anywhere in the world. This is a worldwide problem, the plastic pollution issue.

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off (variant off of) is used in contexts where something is removed or taken from a place or a surface, or (figuratively) from an intangible place.

I can't get this gunk off of my new shirt.

Where did you get this picture of an eagle attacking a wolf?
-- I got it off the internet.

Some news just came in off the wire.

They picked trash off of the beach.

She took the book off the shelf.


Yes. In both of those cases, off of does mean from. You can replace off of with from.

Adverbs describe how a verb is done, and almost always they end in -ly; think slowly, quickly etc. "Off of" is used as a preposition. This is a word that shows the relationship between a noun and a pronoun. This shows where I/you/he/she is in relation to the noun - think above, below, behind etc.

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