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If a character drops a magic item that turns on/off, does that item turn off when they drop it?

For instance, let's assume a character has a sun blade, and it is turned on. If they somehow lose that item in a fight, does it turn off the instant it leaves their hand? Does it turn off at all?

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An item's description will tell you the conditions for "turning it off/on".

In the case of a Sun Blade, a bonus action is required to make the blade (dis)appear and dropping it has no direct effect because it's not stated in the description:

While grasping the hilt, you can use a bonus action to [...] make the blade disappear.

However, in the case of a Flame Tongue sword, dropping it would turn the flames off:

The flames last [...] until you drop or sheathe the sword.

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