Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Which one sounds correct?

  1. I am not making any money off of this product.
  2. I am not making any money out of this product.

If you tell me both, then how would you explain "off" here as it doesn't sound right to me since "make off" means:

Run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

share|improve this question
add comment

4 Answers

up vote 2 down vote accepted

I'd prefer the second one, although not because of the reason you cited.

"Make money off (of) something" is different from the phrasal verb "make off."

Both "make money out of" and "make money off" are actually right.

For me though, "make money off" may also be used to imply an unscrupulous method of generating income.

ex. make money off my friends, make money off the mentally ill etc. 
share|improve this answer
add comment

To me, the second one makes impression of being too literal. Like minting coins off arcade tokens, or printing notes. What about making money on something?

share|improve this answer
add comment

Off of is a compound preposition common in London (and possibly elsewhere in the UK) but deprecated by purists, who strongly prefer either from or in some cases off. Said purists do not appear to have any objection to out of.

In your example, out of or from are idiomatic. One does hear off or off of in this use, but they are not standard.

share|improve this answer
    
"Off of" is not deprecated in the US, and "make money off of" is idiomatic in the US. –  Peter Shor Jun 26 '12 at 15:29
add comment

This seems like another US/UK split. Looking at Ngrams, "make money out of" is the traditional way of saying it, but in the U.S., "make money off (of)" has now overtaken out of in frequency. From Ngrams

enter image description here

In the U.K., out of is still far more common. Since it's still correct in the U.S., you should probably choose out of if you're deciding between them.

Since the phrasal verb make off does not take an object, the meaning run away is impossible for "make money off"; to use the phrasal verb with money as an object, you would need to say "make off with money".

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.