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    trespass

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1

    She was trespassing in my special place.

    In my dictionary "trespass" should be used with "on". Could you please explain if it is correct to use "in" here?

    No.2
    I live over the hill.
    Can I replace over with "beyond"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: trespass

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1

    She was trespassing in my special place.

    In my dictionary "trespass" should be used with "on". Could you please explain if it is correct to use "in" here?
    The usual preposition is 'on'. But there is a crime called 'criminal trespass' and a less serious offence called trespass (a noun). So by trespassing on someone's property you commit the offence of trespass in their property; and this has become a verb again - a security guard might say 'Do you realize you're trespassing?'

    No.2
    I live over the hill.
    Can I replace over with "beyond"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


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    Re: trespass

    Dear BobK,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Do you mean my original sentence is correct? That is I can use "in"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: trespass

    I would rather say, "she was trespassing into my special place." I think this implies that she came into an area, but of course, once she was there, she was in it, from that point on she was trespassing in my special place.

    The sentence is passive, something you can identify usually by an -ing verb (trespassing). Where possible, if you can re-write a passive sentence, you'll have a more interesting, active, picture, and it usually is easier to find the right word.

    She tresspassed into my special place. Or, even she trespassed on my special place. The first, is she entered your "zone" - the second is walked around on your turf.

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    Re: trespass

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    I would rather say, "she was trespassing into my special place." I think this implies that she came into an area, but of course, once she was there, she was in it, from that point on she was trespassing in my special place.

    The sentence is passive, something you can identify usually by an -ing verb (trespassing). Where possible, if you can re-write a passive sentence, you'll have a more interesting, active, picture, and it usually is easier to find the right word.


    She trespassed into my special place. Or, even she trespassed on my special place. The first, is she entered your "zone" - the second is walked around on your turf.
    ...And the third is 'she was trespassing in my special place' - she was in it and had no right to be there. With a continuous verb, I'm happy with in.

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