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    #11

    Re: All around/ across/over the world.

    You can, but I don't like #3.

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    #12

    Re: All around/ across/over the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You can, but I don't like #3.
    I'm with Tdol and Rover on that point. "Across the world" isn't wrong but to me it sounds old-fashioned and I wouldn't use it.

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    #13

    Re: All around/ across/over the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Are the following sentences correct and mean the same thing. And is 'from' necessary in the sentences?

    1) I want to have friends (from) all over the world.
    2) I want to have friends (from) all around the world.
    3) I want to have friends (from) all across the world.
    Well, we have people from all over on this website. Even North Carolina! (USA)
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    #14

    Re: All around/ across/over the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I'm with Tdol and Rover on that point. "Across the world" isn't wrong but to me it sounds old-fashioned and I wouldn't use it.
    I guess won't use 'across the world' from now on.

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    #15

    Re: All around/ across/over the world.

    A.
    1) I want to have friends from all over the world.
    2) I want to have friends from all around the world.

    If the preposition "from" is used, it suggests to me the following possible context:
    The speaker lives in a city, and the speaker wants to have friends in that city who have come to the city and live there from all over the world.
    "From" conveys this by indicating the origin.

    B.
    1) I want to have friends all over the world.
    2) I want to have friends all around the world.

    If the preposition "from" is not used, it suggests to me the following possible context:
    The speaker wants to have friends who live in various locations throughout the world.

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    #16

    Re: All around/ across/over the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The meaning changes slightly if you use from. With from the friends may have migrated and be where you are now. Without from the friends are still scattered around the world.
    Ah, yes, exactly, that's what I meant to write.

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    #17

    Re: All around/ across/over the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by rompercabeza View Post
    A.
    1) I want to have friends from all over the world.
    2) I want to have friends from all around the world.

    If the preposition "from" is used, it suggests to me the following possible context:
    The speaker lives in a city, and the speaker wants to have friends in that city who have come to the city and live there from all over the world.
    "From" conveys this by indicating the origin.

    B.
    1) I want to have friends all over the world.
    2) I want to have friends all around the world.

    If the preposition "from" is not used, it suggests to me the following possible context:
    The speaker wants to have friends who live in various locations throughout the world.
    Such a distinction works less well in today's connected world- I am a British person replying from Japan to you, an American in the US.

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    #18

    Re: All around/ across/over the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Such a distinction works less well in today's connected world- I am a British person replying from Japan to you, an American in the US.
    Perhaps then, too, from an ancient cosmopolitan perspective, such a distinction worked equally less well -- if one considers oneself a “citizen of the world,” then little difference obtains between “friends all over the world” and “friends from all over the world” (though this is not to say that today's connected world embodies ancient cosmopolitan ideals).

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