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    Hi,

    Do I need to take out the "over" in the sentence?


    There was certainly no harm in his travelling sixteen miles twice over on such an errand; but there was an air of foppery and nonsense in it which she could not approve.


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    Default Re: over

    Context?

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    Emma's very good opinion of Frank Churchill was a little shaken the following day, by hearing that he was gone off to London, merely to have his hair cut. A sudden freak seemed to have seized him at breakfast, and he had sent for a chaise and set off, intending to return to dinner, but with no more important view that appeared than having his hair cut. There was certainly no harm in his travelling sixteen miles twice over on such an errand; but there was an air of foppery and nonsense in it which she could not approve. It did not accord with the rationality of plan, the moderation in expense, or even the unselfish warmth of heart, which she had believed herself to discern in him yesterday.
    Emma-J.Austen

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    Default Re: over

    Do I need to take out the "over" in the sentence?
    You don't need to take it out. It's fine as is.

    Rover

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    Default Re: over

    But how to understand it?


    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: over

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    But how to understand it?


    Thanks a lot
    What do you think it means?

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    What do you think it means?
    Thank you for your question.

    I really don't know but I would like to have a crack on its meaning:

    May it emphasizes "twice", means "again, over and over again"?

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    Default Re: over

    You can take out over without changing the meaning of the sentence.

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    Default Re: over

    So "over" here means nothing?

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    Default Re: over

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    So "over" here means nothing?
    It doesn't add anything to the meaning.

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