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    eve's drop or eavesdrop on ?

    Dear teachers,

    Here is a sentence from an English lesson:

    “I went for a walk along the beach and couldn’t help but eve’s drop some conversations.“

    In my humble opinion there are at least two errors.

    First and foremost

    eve’s drop - wrong
    eavesdrop - right

    and by the same token to my mind there must to be also an “on” (eavesdrop on some conversation).

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my corrections?

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: eve's drop or eavesdrop on ?

    You are correct on both counts.

    'eavesdrop' was the ground under the eaves of a house where rain water would drip/drop - hence, somebody standing there, listening in through the wind-eye (window).

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