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    over or across?

    I have a question here. would you be kind enough to give me a hand,please?
    He suddenly saw sue____ the room. He pushed his way ____ the crowd of people to get to her.
    A. across, through B. over, through
    which would you prefer? or both? could you give me some explanation? thanks a lot!

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    Re: over or across?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    I have a question here. would you be kind enough to give me a hand,please?
    He suddenly saw sue____ the room. He pushed his way ____ the crowd of people to get to her.
    A. across, through B. over, through
    which would you prefer? or both? could you give me some explanation? thanks a lot!
    First tell us which one you prefer.

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    Re: over or across?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    First tell us which one you prefer.
    it is from one of an english papers in my school. i think both are ok, but there can be only one choice. so i post it here for help.

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    Re: over or across?

    "across" is correct. 'across the room' means on the other side of the room.
    "over" is not correct.

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    Re: over or across?

    I hope you know well with the previous explanation. Here, I just want to give an example to make you understand
    Before giving the example I'll give you a situation that it is in the crowded party (in the ballroom). You walk across the ballroom, through the crowded.

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    Re: over or across?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "across" is correct. 'across the room' means on the other side of the room.
    "over" is not correct.
    but according to the longman dictionary, there is such an explanation for the word"over":
    across

    from one side of something to the other side of it: Somehow the sheep had jumped over the fence.
    The road over the mountains is steep and dangerous.
    a bridge over the River Thames
    Their house has a magnificent view over the bay.
    why can't i use "over" for this meaning in the sentence i said above?
    thanks again!

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    Re: over or across?

    Quote Originally Posted by nuharani View Post
    I hope you know well with the previous explanation. Here, I just want to give an example to make you understand
    Before giving the example I'll give you a situation that it is in the crowded party (in the ballroom). You walk across the ballroom, through the crowded.
    i know using "across" is definitely right. what i want to know is why i can't use"over", which has a similar meaning?

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    Re: over or across?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    but according to the longman dictionary, there is such an explanation for the word"over":
    Sorry, I didn't notice your last two posts until today. across
    The main meaning of over is 'above'. But there are several other meanings, and the use of "over" can be quite confusing.
    Sometimes 'across' is given as a synonym for "over", but they are not interchangeable most of the time.

    from one side of something to the other side of it: Somehow the sheep had jumped over the fence. Yes, this meaning is above and to the other side of.
    The road over the mountains is steep and dangerous. It's okay but it's not really over the mountains. I would say (through)(across) the mountains'.
    a bridge over the River Thames This is the main meaning of "over".
    Their house has a magnificent view over the bay. I wouldn't use "over" there. The view is not "over the bay".
    The house has a magnificent view (of)(across) the bay.

    why can't i use "over" for this meaning in the sentence i said above?
    thanks again!
    "over" just doesn't fit in the test sentence. "over" and "across" are not interchangeable there.

    He saw Sue across the room, not over the room. If you say 'over the room', it makes one think that Sue was somewhere above the room.
    2006

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    Re: over or across?

    If you have view of a bay, it can be either over it or across it ( or both!)
    It depends on the context.

    You can have a view over the bay which implies you are looking down on it and can see the whole bay, i.e. its width and its length.

    If your view is across the bay, you are saying you can see from one side to the other.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Re: over or across?

    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    If you have view of a bay, it can be either over it or across it ( or both!)
    It depends on the context.

    You can have a view over the bay which implies you are looking down on it and can see the whole bay, i.e. its width and its length.

    If your view is across the bay, you are saying you can see from one side to the other.

    buggles (not a teacher)
    I just feel that "a view over the bay" is an odd phrase. I don't know what it means, unless there are interesting clouds or something else above the bay.
    If you want to emphasize the whole bay, I would say 'a view of the whole bay'.
    To me, "across the bay" also, or even mostly, includes whatever is on the other side of the bay.

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