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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "to head OVER to a place" and "to head OFF to a place"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is there any difference between "to head OVER to a place" and "to head OFF to a
place"?


*** There is no real difference.  Frankly, I wouldn't use either of them.  The correct verb is "go."  "Head off" is a colloquialism, and not a very good one.

I am going to head over to my friend's house.
I am going to my friend's house.

I am heading off to the movies.
I am going to the movies.

Ted

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