"of course" vs. "off course"

I was reading an online newspaper this morning when I came across an error which could easily pass as a non-error:

  • And off course i follow one of the guys who created this micro blogging Jack Dorsey.

In the sentence above, the phrase “off course” is wrong.

  • of course – without any doubt, certainly
  • off course – away from the intended direction


  1. Of course (certainly) you can go out and play,” mom told us.
  2. The concert begins at eight but you can’t enter without a ticket, of course.
  3. Due to the stormy weather, the plane went off course and crashed into the ocean.
  4. He was a young, bright student, but he went off course and joined a triad later in his early twenties.

Businessmen succeed because they’re persistent, and of course, once they become greedy, they will probably go off course and get themselves into trouble.


Posted on March 25, 2010, in Word Power and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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