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    Using "Over"

    I wonder if my understanding of 'over' is correct in this sentence:

    "Over the 17 countries they studied, going back to 1900, there was actually a negative correlation between investment returns and growth in GDP per capita, the best measure of how rich people are getting."

    Does 'over the 17 countries' mean 'more than the 17 countries'?


    context: .economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2009/08/the_growth_illusion

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    Re: Using "Over"

    No. It means "across". It means "If we look at the results of all 17 countries involved in the study ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Using "Over"

    Emsr2d2, could you kindly provide a link to a dictionary definition that would match this usage of "over"? Thanks!

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    Re: Using "Over"

    See PREP 5 here.

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