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    Hello.
    I found the question below in an exercise book for Japanese high school students. They are asked to choose the most appropriate expression for the blank from among the four alternatives:

    Until recently, histories of children's literature were almost exclusively written .................. the Western countries that had strong traditions of publishing for children.

    1. in and about
    2. in and out
    3. up and about
    4. up and down

    The answer, according to the book, is #4. However, I don't think so. I think #1 is the most suitable (grammatically and semantically).
    Am I correct? If #4 is the right answer, what does it mean in the context? Could it be used in the sense of 'all over'?
    Thank you.

    (Edit) On second thought, 'about' doesn't make sense, since it's 'histories of children's literature'. In that case, the only option left for me is #4.
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    #2

    Re: up and down

    I'm not a teacher but I think the preposition 'by' could be used here to convey the similar meaning.

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    #3

    Re: up and down

    "In and about" is the best choice. The others make no sense.

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    Thank you, Jiayun.
    However, I don't think your suggestion works. Countries don't write histories, do they?

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    #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "In and about" is the best choice. The others make no sense.
    Thank you, Dave.
    Does 'histories of children's literature were written about the Western countries' make sense?

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    Yes you are right. Thank you for your advise. Just another thought, what if the history was written by the education department of the government of that country, could I still say it's written by the country? I know in reality it's rarely written by the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Yes you are right. Thank you for your advise. Just another thought, what if the history was written by the education department of the government of that country, could I still say it's written by the country? I know in reality it's rarely written by the government.
    Hello again.
    I'm not sure if 'the history was written by the department of ...' works, but I think 'the report was written by the department of ...' is perfect.


    It's 'advice', not 'advise', by the way.

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    Re: up and down

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you, Dave.
    Does 'histories of children's literature were written about the Western countries' make sense?
    Sure. The history is about the children's literature in that country.

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    Re: up and down

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you, Dave.
    Does 'histories of children's literature were written about the Western countries' make sense?
    The original sentence makes sense with "in" and "about", as SoothingDave said.

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