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Reply Tue 29 Jan, 2019 12:52 pm
What does "over" mean in the sentence below?

The Hopkinses are coming over for dinner tonight.

Thank you.
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 02:05 am
@paok1970,
You say someone is coming over when they're coming to your house for a reason, dinner, coffee, political meeting whatever. It's used as a phrase, and trying to reduce the phrase to its constituent parts isn't going to help.
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 10:16 am
@izzythepush,
Do you say, "to come (over) for dinner" or "to come (over) to dinner"?

Thank you
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 10:28 am
@paok1970,
I would say for dinner, but you could say come over to watch the football.
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 11:00 am
@izzythepush,
Do you remember the 1967 movie entitled "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn? Was it an exception to the "rule"?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 11:33 am
@paok1970,
I do, it's not incorrect, it's a question. Which I suppose is why it works.

I think the title sounds more dramatic because it's not used as much and that's why they chose it.
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 01:29 pm
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:

I think the title sounds more dramatic because it's not used as much and that's why they chose it.


What does "as much" mean?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 02:19 pm
@paok1970,
Not in common usage.
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 04:19 pm
@izzythepush,
Does "it's not used as much" have the same meaning as "it's not used very much"?

Thank you.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jan, 2019 04:21 pm
@paok1970,
Yes
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