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Hello,

1. Off we go to the zoo.

Is this equal to "We go off to th zoo."

What is the meaning of "go off" here?
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Yes, "off we go" and "we go off" are almost equal. "off we go" is more like "now we are going off". "off" means the same as "away". "go off" or "go away" means "leave".

Off we go to the zoo means We are leaving (now) to go to the zoo.

The unusual word order gives the feeling of excitement, because with this word order, we begin with the word "off", which communicates the idea of starting immediately on a journey right in the first word "off".

CJ
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Hanuman_2000
Hello,

1. Off we go to the zoo.

Is this equal to "We go off to the zoo."

What is the meaning of "go off" here?

Is this equal to "We go off to the zoo."

It would be useful to see where this sentence was used in context. But yes, basically, it means the same. Is it from a story?

What is the meaning of "go off" here?


We leave somewhere [eg home] in order to do something - in this case, to go to the zoo.

Off we go to the zoo implies that it is from a story, maybe a narrative.

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Hanuman_2000
Hello,

1. Off we go to the zoo.

Is this equal to "We go off to the zoo."

What is the meaning of "go off" here?

Is this equal to "We go off to the zoo."

It would be useful to see where this sentence was used in context. But yes, basically, it means the same. Is it from a story?

What is the meaning of "go off" here?


We leave somewhere [eg home] in order to do something - in this case, to go to the zoo.

Off we go to the zoo implies that it is from a story, maybe a narrative.



Here, it means the same as "we go off to the zoo":

We wake up to, guess what, rain! But, being Portlanders we decide not to let a little rain stop us so off we go to the zoo. The skies open up to the biggest rain San Diego has had in a year.

That story is told in the present to give it more immediacy and "off we go" would be "off we went" if told in the past tense. It has the meaning of "we left for/went to the zoo" Here, it is not the same as "we go off to the zoo":

"C'mon, off we go to the zoo!". There it means "C'mon, lets's leave for the zoo!" or "C'mon, it's time to leave for the zoo!" and cannot be used in the past tense.