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    Hi,

    'They stress over work.'
    Does the phrase 'stress over somthing' exist? What does it mean? Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thru View Post
    Hi,

    'They stress over work.'
    Does the phrase 'stress over somthing' exist? What does it mean? Thank you!
    It's non-standard but fairly common - 'stress' as an intransitive verb. To 'stress over something' is to experience mental stress about it (and possibly behave in an unwelcome way as a result). A child might say to his parent - 'Don't stress over the course-work - I'll get it done in time'.

    (As far as examiners are concerned though, the verb 'stress' is transitive - either referring to intensity of pronunciation - things like 'Stress the second syllable' - or talking about a more figurative sort of emphasis: 'I cannot stress enough the importance of context.')


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    [ To 'stress over something' is to experience mental stress about it (and possibly behave in an unwelcome way as a result). A child might say to his parent - 'Don't stress over the course-work - I'll get it done in time'.]


    Thank you, Bobk for your comment.
    I guess what you wanted to say about the phrase 'stress over work' is "continuous feelings of worry about your work", right? And as for the example you gave "Don't stress over the course-work." means "Don't worry about the course-work." Did I guess right?

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