If you are a teacher and you cancel today's class, is it correct to say 'I gave off to students'?

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    You could say "I gave the students the day off." or "I gave a day off to the students (today or whenever)." Mar 17, 2014 at 21:10
  • @RyeɃreḁd That means something entirely different . . . Certainly not something a teacher should be admitting to.
    – David M
    Mar 18, 2014 at 3:43
  • @DavidM - ooops must have read it wrong. Mar 18, 2014 at 13:13

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No, that is not correct. The verb to "give off" means to emit something, typically a scent or gas.

Any of the following would be correct:

  • I gave the students the day off
  • I gave the day off to the students

You could be more specific and say "I gave the students the class off" (although that's an unusual construct) or less specific: "I gave the students time off".

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