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    Does "over China" mean "around China"?

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    "It's just a national pride thing," said Lyons, 34. "China focused so much on other sports last time in Beijing. They got their kids to do rowing and all these other things they'd never done before. It's just obviously national pride. Everybody wants to get more golds. And everybody I've met here the Irish and the English they're like, 'Hey, we're pulling for you over China.' "

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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    It is clear from the whole article that the words mean, "We are supporting you rather than China".


    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olymp...acy/56924140/1

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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    No. What was said was that the Irish and the English were hoping that this country (whatever country it was) would win in a competition between that country and China.
    I disagree. It did not make much sense first, but after reading the article, I agree with 5jj's interpretation. Perhaps it would have been easier to grasp if the preceding paragraph had been included in the quote.

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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    Charlie, I think they are the same thing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    Maybe I missed something then. How come?
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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    Ah, OK, I see it now. The 'No.' in Gillnetter's post was meant as an anser to the title thread

    Sorry, Gillnetter, I misundertood that (man, what a day I'm having ).

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    PS: Thanks Barb. Your observation made me realize my mistake.
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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I disagree. It did not make much sense first, but after reading the article, I agree with 5jj's interpretation. Perhaps it would have been easier to grasp if the preceding paragraph had been included in the quote.

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    I think G.'s "No" was in response to the original post.

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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I think G.'s "No" was in response to the original post.
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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    Sometimes when I sense two answers might be in conflict (with a "no," etc.), I look at the time of posting. When they are less than five minutes apart, I assume the second person was writing while the first got posted.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Does "over China" mean "around China"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Sometimes when I sense two answers might be in conflict (with a "no," etc.), I look at the time of posting. When they are less than five minutes apart, I assume the second person was writing while the first got posted.
    I'll keep that in mind. Thanks again.
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