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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 6:36:27 AM
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Grip chased Ricky and Bubbles all over the slippery surface.
I read the above in Ricky Rocket by Shoo Rayner. Is "over" a preposition here? Does the preposition "over" connect "the slippery surface" and "chased"? Why can't we use "on the slippery surface" here?
FounDit
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 11:47:15 AM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Grip chased Ricky and Bubbles all over the slippery surface.
I read the above in Ricky Rocket by Shoo Rayner. Is "over" a preposition here? Does the preposition "over" connect "the slippery surface" and "chased"? Why can't we use "on the slippery surface" here?


You could say, "on the slippery surface", but that has a different sense to it than "all over" the slippery surface.

Using "on" the slippery surface conveys the idea of simply chasing them and the surface was slippery. The focus is on the slippery surface.

Using "all over" the slippery surface, conveys the idea of moving all around, across, and in different directions, on the slippery surface. The focus is more on the different directions and perhaps the amount of time of the chase while on the slippery surface.
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