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Is it correct to use out of the or off, in the following sentences?

The spacecraft flies out of the planet.

There is a bear out of the house.

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I might prefer "the spacecraft flies from the planet" and "there is a bear outside the house" though it depends on the contexts. –  Henry Aug 24 '13 at 11:28
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This question is probably better suited to English Language Learners –  TrevorD Aug 24 '13 at 11:55
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"I might prefer 'the spacecraft flies from the planet' and 'there is a bear outside the house' though it depends on the contexts." – Henry

"This question is probably better suited to English Language Learners"TrevorD

I'd suggest you to ask it on English Language Learners too.

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There is a place where "out of" and "off" mean the same thing: in a restaurant. I learned that watching Fawlty Towers, in which, when they're "out of" something on the menu, they tell the customer "that's off".

It finally made sense, meaning "it's off the menu".

"...out of the planet" implies that it started from inside. We go "out of the house".

The same with "a bear out of the house". If the bear just wandered by, from the forest, it would be "outside the house".

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Even in that context, the phrases certainly do not mean the same thing, though they are ways of describing the same set of circumstances. The restaurant are out of the item, but the item is off. –  Colin Fine Aug 24 '13 at 20:59
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