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    Default go over the bridge

    1-The car went over the bridge.

    Can't this sentence mean two things:
    a-The car went across the bridge.
    b-The car went off the bridge. It went over the side of the bridge.

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    Default Re: go over the bridge

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-The car went over the bridge.

    Can't this sentence mean two things:
    a-The car went across the bridge.
    b-The car went off the bridge. It went over the side of the bridge.

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    Navi.
    Its most likely meaning is "a".

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    Default Re: go over the bridge

    1-The car went over the bridge.

    Can't this sentence mean two things:
    a-The car went across the bridge.
    b-The car went off the bridge. It went over the side of the bridge.


    On reading sentence (1) I would assume (a) to be the meaning.
    However, if you are describing a Ted Kennedy scenario then either of the two suggestions in (b) would make that clear.
    (Although the car could also be said to go "off the bridge" once it has gone across it and reached the other end.)

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    Last edited by JMurray; 22-Mar-2012 at 10:24.

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    Default Re: go over the bridge

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-The car went over the bridge.

    Can't this sentence mean two things:
    a-The car went across the bridge.
    b-The car went off the bridge. It went over the side of the bridge.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I'm sure a more detailed context would help with a particular meaning.


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    Default Re: go over the bridge

    In AmE, we'd almost certainly say "went off the bridge" and never "over the bridge" if the car careened out of control on a bridge. Perhaps "over the side/rail/edge"?

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