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    Preposition over usage

    Theres a sentence:
    We had met a year ago, when I went over to Paris to see an exhibition.
    Does it mean that I stayed in Paris a short time just to visit an exhibition?

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    No, it has nothing to do with the duration of the visit.

    We can't be sure of the meaning of over without asking the speaker, but we could reasonably guess that his/her reason to use the preposition may have been based on his/her conception of the relative positions of Paris and his/her point of departure.

    One imaginable possibility is that the speaker was from the US, and the journey from, say, Boston to Paris involved travelling over the Atlantic.

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    bartdebsky, please read this extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    Another example with the preposition ‘over’:
    Susan went over to the window and closed the curtains.
    Does it mean that she crossed the room? Why not:
    Susan came up to the window and closed the curtains.

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    Susan went over to the window and closed the curtains.

    Does it mean that she crossed the room? Yes.

    Why not:

    Susan came up to the window and closed the curtains.
    It's not colloquial.

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    Another example with the preposition ‘over’:
    Susan went over to the window and closed the curtains.
    Does it mean that she crossed the room?
    Yes.
    Why not:
    Susan came up to the window and closed the curtains.
    Do you mean went up? (came up would be used if the writer was at the window himself.) It could be, but that would create a different image.

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    Not a teacher

    I agree with Jutfrank. "Over" does not indicate duration.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 09-Apr-2017 at 10:01. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote and adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    OK, here the situation: the teacher is sitting at the blackboard and says:
    “Joe, please come up to the blackboard and write the formula.”
    Joe comes over to the blackboard and writes the formula.
    Sorry, comes is a misprint, I meant:
    Joe goes over to the blackboard and writes the formula.

    Right?
    Last edited by northpath; 09-Apr-2017 at 20:45.

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    OK, here the situation: the teacher is sitting at the blackboard and says:
    “Joe, please come up to the blackboard and write the formula.”
    Joe comes over to the blackboard and writes the formula.
    Right?
    Joe goes up to the blackboard.

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    Re: Preposition over usage

    OK, what about the past tense:
    The teacher asked Joe to come up to the blackboard and write the formula.
    Joe, went over to the blackboard and wrote the formula.

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