Turn off the monitor vs turn the monitor off

Subject: Turn off the monitor vs turn the monitor off
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2009 14:32:51 -0600 (CST)

A friend is asking me what the rule is (or if there is one) that
determines whether you write "Turn the monitor off" or "Turn off the

I know "turn off" is a two-word verb (it has a meaning that is not
expressed by the word "turn" alone). And, I suspect that "Turn off the
monitor" is generally preferred . . . . but I dunno why I think that,
except that it might be a little easier for non-native English speakers
to follow, assuming that a reader might have poor English skills.

Your thoughts?

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