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    clothes and preposition

    Hello everybody!

    Should it be said that an article of clothing is worn over a body or another article of clothing or it is worn on a body or another article of clothing?

    It seems to me that "over a body" is preferable to "on a body", because it conveys the idea of a body being covered all over rather than in one point.

    What do you think?

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    #2

    Re: clothes and preposition

    It's worn on the body but over another item of clothing.

    (I can't think of many items of clothing that cover the whole body.)

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    #3

    Re: clothes and preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    (I can't think of many items of clothing that cover the whole body.)
    Surely you haven't managed to avoid the sight of students at a supermarket or mums doing the school run in one of these delightful numbers?

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    Re: clothes and preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Surely you haven't managed to avoid the sight of students at a supermarket or mums doing the school run in one of these delightful numbers?

    Onesie
    Alas, no.

    I've even had students turn up to class in them!

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    #5

    Re: clothes and preposition

    There are also the aptly-named coveralls, that you see people wear in industry.

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    #6

    Re: clothes and preposition

    Don't forget about dresses, robes and mumus, along with other similar ethnic variants (cheongsams, sareees, ao dais, thawbs, hanboks, etc.). Oh, and the burqa, the very epitome of (literally) full body coverage.

    I had no idea the term 'onesie' was used for adults. I thought it only referred to those one-piece baby outfits.

    Edit: Of course it's an exception, but I think the only preposition that would work with the burqa is 'over'.
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    #7

    Re: clothes and preposition

    Let's not forget the gimp suit.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Let's not forget the gimp suit.
    I don't think I want to know what that is.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Possibly not safe for work? We'll see if I get a reprimand from the IT department for the search query. Further investigations to be done from the safety of my home computer, not the school's.
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    #10

    Re: clothes and preposition

    Good clean fun if you ask me.

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