Put off – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To put off somebody (or put somebody off) is to make them not like someone or something, or not want to do something

Examples of use:

1. She liked his personality, but was put off by his fashion sense.

2. We were all put off by her arrogance.

To put off something  (or put something off) is to decide to do something at a later time or date (to postpone it).

Examples of use:

1. We were going to get married in March, but we put it off until June because my grandmother was ill.

2. Can we put off the meeting until tomorrow, please? I am very busy today.

To put off someone (or put someone off) is to delay seeing them or doing something for them.

Examples of use:

1. I don’t want to see the salesman today. Can you put him off until next week?

2. My parents were coming to visit this week, but we had to put them off because our heating is broken.

To put off someone (or put someone off) is to distract them.

Examples of use:

1. Stop putting me off. I’m trying to concentrate on my work.

2. The noise from the car park outside the window kept putting us off in our English exam.

put off
present simple
put off and puts off
-ing form
putting off
past simple
put off
past participle
put off

Can you use the phrasal verb ‘put off’ in a sentence?

What characteristics or behaviour would put you off a person?

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