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    Default compete for or over

    For example, animals compete over water supplies, food, mates, and other biological resources. Humans compete for water, food, and mates, though when these needs are met deep rivalries often arise over the pursuit of wealth, prestige, and fame.

    I found the above sentences from wikipedia.

    When I told other plants can't compete with a tree over the sunlight, sombody said compete for sunlight.

    The tree grows so fast and gets too tall that it provides dense shade so that other plants can't compite compete with
    it over the sun light for sunlight.


    I'm confused. Could you please clear up my confusion.

    Thank you so much.

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    Default Re: compete for or over

    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
    For example, animals compete over water supplies, food, mates, and other biological resources. Humans compete for water, food, and mates, though when these needs are met deep rivalries often arise over the pursuit of wealth, prestige, and fame.

    I found the above sentences from wikipedia.

    When I told other plants can't compete with a tree over the sunlight, sombody said compete for sunlight.

    The tree grows so fast and gets too tall that it provides dense shade so that other plants can't compite compete with
    it over the sun light for sunlight.


    I'm confused. Could you please clear up my confusion.

    Thank you so much.
    I'm confused too. What is your question? If it's a choice between 'over' and 'for', I would most often go with 'for'.

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    Default Re: compete for or over

    You mean If I say animals compete with each other over nest , food, and other resources , my sentence is wrong!

    When we use the preposition ''for'' and ''over'' whit the verb ''compete''.


    Thank you so much. Learning English seems easy, but in my view, it is really tough to master it.

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    Default Re: compete for or over

    Quote Originally Posted by arzgol View Post
    You mean If I say animals compete with each other over nest , food, and other resources , my sentence is wrong!

    When we use the preposition ''for'' and ''over'' whit with the verb ''compete''.


    Thank you so much. Learning English seems easy, but in my view, it is really tough to master it.
    No. I mean that I prefer "for". Don't worry. I know that I would have trouble learning your language as well.

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