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The sky was cloudy at launch time, but rain and thunderstorms remained off to the west.

What does 'off to' mean here?

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LiJ
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Off is an adverb here, while to is a preposition.

Off = away, in the distance
to = toward, in the direction of




Got it. Thanks, Mister.

Can I say like the sentence below with littel change of meaning?

The sky was cloudy at launch time, but rain and thunderstorms remained off the west.

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LiJ
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It sounds odd, LIJ. The storm sounds too immovable, perhaps.
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To is used for indicating all the cardinal points, such as to the west.
Thus, towards the west, at a distance.

The sky was cloudy at launch time, but rain and thunderstorms remained off the west.

Your sentence above would mean that the clouds are not in the west, but not sure where. Off indicates distance and separation. The sentence wouldn't quite make sense, because the rain and thunderstorms may be around the launching area (if they are not in the west), which would be dangerous.
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Thanks, Marius.Emotion: smile

I understand. (perhaps)

So, the original sentence means rain and thunderstorms are away from the lunching area and they are going to the west, right?

'off the west' just means 'away from the west', and, thus, the lunching area might be dangerous, right?
LiveinjapanSo, the original sentence means rain and thunderstorms are away from the lunching area and they are going to the west, right?

They are already in the west.

'off the west' just means 'away from the west', and, thus, the lunching area might be dangerous, right?

Yes.

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