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    #1

    step over and climb over

    1) to step over a beetle
    2) to step over a pond/to climb over a pond
    3) to step over a fence/ to climb over a fence
    4) to step over my son's toys/ to climb over my son's toys

    Are these collocations correct? Do they make sense?
    How can you distinguish the two actions and the two verbs with this meaning?
    Are there any particular collocations you'd use with "step over" and others with "climb over"?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: step over and climb over

    You normally don't use your hands if you step over something; you do if you climb over.
    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    1) to step over a beetle - Fine
    2) to step over a pond/to climb over a pond Both unlikely. If you can step over it, it's a puddle, not a pond. You don't normally climb over a pond unless there are trees that can be useful in your venture.
    3) to step over a fence: The fence would be very low if you could step over it.
    / to climb over a fence - Fine
    4) to step over my son's toys - Fine
    / to climb over my son's toys -Unlikely, unless said jokingly.

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