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    Question Lose sleep over

    "Teachers lose sleep over students' behaviour."
    Can this sentence be rewritten as below in order to make more stress on 'behaviour'?
    "Behaviour of students is what makes teachers lose sleep over."

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    Re: Lose sleep over

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    "Teachers lose sleep over students' behaviour."
    Can this sentence be rewritten as below in order to make more stress on 'behaviour'?
    "Behaviour of students is what makes teachers lose sleep over."

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    Yes, by fronting behaviour it gets more stress

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    Re: Lose sleep over

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Yes, by fronting behaviour it gets more stress

    But as svartnik probably knows, it should be "Behaviour of students is what makes teachers lose sleep.' [no "over"]

    They lose sleep over something,

    but

    Something makes them lose sleep.

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    Re: Lose sleep over

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But as svartnik probably knows, it should be "Behaviour of students is what makes teachers lose sleep.' [no "over"]

    They lose sleep over something,

    but

    Something makes them lose sleep.

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    So in fact in the latter form it does not look like it is the same construction. Is it?

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    Re: Lose sleep over

    In the first sentence, 'over something' is an adverbial phrase; it gives the reason for losing sleep. In the second sentence you specify the reason, so there's no need for the preposition.

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