"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

Examples:

  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.

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

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