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When off is a preposition, the phrase off of could almost always be shortened to just off.  The unnecessary of is common in informal speech and writing, though, and using it is never a serious usage error. But writers who value concision can avoid it.


For example, of could be removed from each of these sentences:

It could wean the US off of foreign oil. [State Impact]

Sarah Palin was nearly pulled off of Fox News because she announced that she was not running for president on a rival broadcaster. [Daily Mail]

In the end, the NBA, coming off of a highly lucrative and exciting season, should not suffer too much. [Toronto Sun]

He claims it has profited off of its “false affiliation” with him. []

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