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Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the usage of the “over” in the following sentences?
Our control over nature is increasing every day.
The Chinese made the kite of a flight framework of bamboo over which there was a cover of strong paper.
During the I.G.Y. scientists from over sixty nations studied the surface of the earth on a scale never before possible.
Radiation is a high-speed process which may transfer heat energy over great distances.
The flight path of a space vehicle can be very appreciably influenced and great increases in velocity imaprte by very small forces acting over long periods of time.
Ramjet is an advance over a piston engine.
One of the main advantages of fusion energy over chemical energy is the vastly greater content achieved per pound of fuel.
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by sarat_106; 22-Nov-2009 at 02:08.
Thank you for your selfless backing.
And yet I have to take a firm stand concerning the interpretation of the term “polysemy”.
polysemy = the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings
The association of one word with a number of meanings. If these meanings are quite distinct the words are homonyms, but frequently there is a range of analogical uses (plain prose, plain sailing) suggesting that it is wrong simply to distinguish distinct senses.
over = (adj.) accomplished, closed, completed, concluded, done with, ended, finished, forgotten, gone, in the past, settled, up
(adv.) above, beyond, extra, in addition, in excess, left, on high, overhead, remaining, superfluous, surplus, unclaimed, unused, unwanted
(prep) above, exceeding, in charge of, in command of, more than, on top of, upon
Here are a few additional examples:
The main myth is that the crisis is over.
Summer is over.
The play is over.
The rain is over.
It’s over and done with.
over = at an end
Stay a day over.
over = beyond or until a specified time
We have to turn something over and over.
over = in repetition
We had to do it over.
over = another time
He is over from Greece.
He livesover in England.
They live over the pond.
over = across a distance in a particular direction or at a location
Ask him over.
Lots of food left over.
Keep what is left over.
I have trouble over money.
Children of fourteen and over.
In my humble opinion “over” is a very ticklish word which takes close and undivided attention.
They're all similar in any case. The mental image of extension, and coverage across it, is present in all of the above.
Very informative posts, Vil.
Yes, Vil is a champion among English scholars.