- I usually download music off the web.
- I usually download music from the web.
What is the difference in between off and from in these sentences?
Which one is more suitable in this context?
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I guess I feel more strongly than the other commenters here that from is far and away the most appropriate preposition.
Off is far more colloquial, and in my experience frequently inappropriate for the context in which it is used. This would be one of those contexts; I would take off the internet to mean literally disconnected from the internet, which naturally precludes downloading anything.
As a software developer, I frequently find myself in situations where it is unavoidable or even necessary to isolate a machine from its local network or the wider web. Speaking naturally, if a friend or colleague were to say 'off the web' I would usually decipher their intended meaning from the context but edge cases like this highlight why it is unnecessary to introduce ambiguity where it can be easily avoided.
Frankly, even I download music on the web would be more accurate than '...off...'.