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    #1

    'I walked (over) to school.'

    'I walked (over) to school.'

    Does omitting 'over' make a differnce? More generally, I only recently discovered the 'walk/run/come/(insert any other verb describing movement) over to a place' structure and I can't figure out whether there is any difference from the same structure without 'over'.
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    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    'I walked (over) to school.'

    Does omitting 'over' make a difference?
    Yes. It makes the sentence correct and natural.

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    #3

    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Yes. It makes the sentence correct and natural.
    You mean it is not natural with 'over'? Are all those structures I found in dictionaries wrong?
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    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    It's natural enough in the right context but it doesn't mean exactly the same as "I walked to school".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    In which dictionary did you find 'I walked over to school'?

    By the way, it is not incorrect if the school is the other side of the road or across, for example a park or bridge.

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    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In which dictionary did you find 'I walked over to school'?

    By the way, it is not incorrect if the school is the other side of the road or across, for example a park or bridge.
    https://forum.wordreference.com/thre...-over.1114564/

    In the second post above, I found the 'walk over' thing.

    Then I searched dictionaries and found structures with 'over' that seem to mean the same thing as the same structures without 'over', such as this one...

    https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/run+over+to
    Last edited by 99bottles; 19-Jun-2019 at 20:50.
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    #7

    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    Using "over" would suggest that the speaker was in the proximity of the school when the walk began.

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    #8

    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    Some verbs of movement work with "over" without the speaker being in close proximity. I used to live on the eastern edge of a county in the UK. I had a friend who lived on the western edge of the same county. I might well have said "I'm going to come over and visit you really soon" to her.
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    #9

    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    True, but "walk over" does suggest a short (walkable) distance.

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    #10

    Re: 'I walked (over) to school.'

    The use of over that we're discussing here (with verbs of movement) is to suggest that in the speaker's mind when he/she speaks, there is a conceived space (a spatial distance) to be confronted or overcome. In common communication, this is almost always an area of ground (whether indoor or outdoor) that must be traversed. The distance across this area may be relatively short or long.

    For example, if I say to you Do you want to come over?, I'm showing that in order for you to be at my house, I understand that you will have to travel to my house from another point in space, possibly from your house, for example. I have in my mind some kind of picture, however clear, of what the area of ground between your house and mine looks like. I may even have half in mind a picture of you on your bike, or in a taxi, whatever, making the journey.

    So similarly, in this context, the speaker is in some very subtle way inviting the reader to imagine what this journey to school might look like.

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