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We may get off this for a few is typically used during a business meeting to mean: Let's move off this subject so we can get to other important business. As Jeremy states in comments, the a few is short for a few minutes. This usage is effectively slang, but it is not offensive or overtly improper.
You could try to change "think of" for some alternative verb that doesn't end in "of", so instead of (I just ended this sentence with of!) as many as I can think of maybe try as many as I can recall or as many as I can imagine depending on the context.
I think you see the whole thing totally wrong. A direct object never has a preposition. I'm reading a novel - a novel is a direct object. You ask: What am I reading? I waiting for the bus - for the bus is a prepositional object You ask: What am I waiting for? In your sentence "Pilgrims learned about planting crops from the Wampanoags." "about planting ...
OP is right to suspect active/passive has a bearing on preferred usage. From Google Books... 1: Active voice favours with... The company replaced workers by machines - 3 results The company replaced workers with machines - 405 results 2: Passive voice favours by... Workers were replaced by machines - 280 results Workers were replaced ...
I dont claim to be linguistic but i think "You replace with this one" "You replace by that one"
IMO, "replaced by" is most often used when services provided by a living thing are now being obtained in another way, and the original provider was involuntarily displaced. "Replaced with" is commonly used when an object has been replaced with another object, or when a person has voluntarily left a position.
In many, (maybe even most?), contexts, replace with and replace by will be interchangeable. I don't think this has to do with active or passive voice. Two types of objects can follow replace with and replace by -- the means / method of replacement or the new content. I would say there is a bias for using by to indicate means and with to indicate the ...
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