I wouldn't omit 'over' in that sentence.
See over PREP 9 here.
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Hello everyone, I have a question here.
In this sentence: "The big exception is overthe question of co-education."
What does the word 'OVER'mean here? It seems the sentence still make sense without 'over'. So in here, what is the word 'over' for ?
This sentence is from an article published in The Economist of January 2013. The article is about co-education.The surrounding text is as follows:
"And they are all male. The college has admitted no women as regular students since it was founded in 1917, in accordance with a trust established by Lucien Nunn, the tycoon who founded it as a place 'for promising young men'. The atmosphere is intellectual, rugged and ascetic, and the college is a democratic body, where student-led committees decide admissions, hire the faculty and mind most matters of policy.
The big exception is over the question of co-education. Since the 1970s successive student bodies have lobbied to admit women, only to be rebuffed by the college's trustees. Only recently, with the support of a newer tycoon from the class of 1980, have the co-ed supporters on the board felt able to press their case. In September 2011 they moved to make the change. Young women were invited to apply for the entering class of 2013."
Can anyone help? Thank you very much!!