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Questions for the proposition "off." The water runs "off" the land.

 

Every time it rains, the water runs off the land from the hilltops down into the valleys.

I don't know what 'off' means in this sentence.

Could you tell me why off used?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    It comes from the base word runoff (the extra water that is not absorbed by the ground when it rains)

    In this sentence, 'off' is a preposition showing movement, meaning that the rainwater is moving from the top of the hills into the valley below, probably into a river or stream . It wouldn't usually be used there, it would be better substituted for 'down.'

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