Go off meaning and examples

In this phrasal verb video lesson, you will learn how to use ‘go off’.

I go through the different ways to use it, show you plenty of examples, and at the end, there is a question for you to answer.

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Go Off Meaning and Examples

In the example I gave, I said the following:

“…Yeah, it’s a long day. It’s a very long day and the alarm goes off at 5:45 at the moment.”

This means that the alarm makes a noise to wake us up. We use this for all types of alarms. For example:

Fire alarm - go off

A fire alarm can also ‘go off’

  • That car alarm has been going off all day.
  • The fire alarm went off today at school.

Another way to use it is to talk about food and drink that is no longer good.

  • I think the milk has gone off

In American English, the phrasal verb ‘go bad’ is used.

We can also use it when talking about bombs exploding.

  • The bomb went off at 9:35 AM

You will hear this on the news and read it in newspapers.

And finally, we use ‘go off’ when we talking about something that we’re starting to dislike.

  • I’m going off this show a little

What to Do Now:

1. Answer the following question: What time does your alarm go off in the morning?
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