RE: Turn off the monitor vs turn the monitor off

Subject: RE: Turn off the monitor vs turn the monitor off
From: "Meyer, Bernard" <Bernard -dot- Meyer -at- arrisi -dot- com>
To: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 12:26:49 -0800

Maybe the second formulation is an abbreviated derivation of "Turn the <monitor/light switch/thingamajig> <to> OFF."
As a quirky side note, my dad used to say "close the light". :)
Just a wild guess. But like you, I prefer the first formulation.

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From: Nancy Allison [mailto:maker -at- verizon -dot- net]
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 12:33 PM
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Subject: Turn off the monitor vs turn the monitor off

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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