go off: meaning and explanation

The phrasal verb ‘to go off’ is used lớn talk about alarms – alarm clocks, car alarms, fire alarms, và so on.

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If an alarm ‘goes off’ then itstarts, makes a soundorrings.

For example, I used to lớn work with someone who slept so deeply that when his alarm went off in the mornings he would turn it off without actually waking up. This meant that he would oversleep and would often turn up late for work. Now he hides his alarm so that when it goes off he has to look for it và find it before he can turn it off. This gives him a chance lớn wake up properly.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to lớn hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Ireland

…a car alarm was going off…

The continuous is used here to lớn communicate the fact that the kích hoạt happened over a period of time, instead of happening once or suddenly, e.g. a oto alarm went off).
…I was late for work..

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Notice the weak/unstressed pronunciation of ‘was’ & ‘for’ in this sentence as /wəz/ và /fə/.

Listen to lớn the word ‘generally’ in this sentence. How many syllables can you hear? Although you might expect to lớn hear 4 syllables, it is pronounced here with just 3: /’ʤenrəli:/.

Other examples of words which often thua trận a syllable are:

chocolate (2 syllables instead of 3): /’ʧɒklət/

comfortable (3 syllables instead of 4): /’kʌmftəbəl/

vegetable (3 syllables instead of 4): /’veʤtəbəl/




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