over his eye

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over his eye

Post by azz » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:36 pm

Can one say
a. He hung the his belt over the door knob
.
?

Can one say
b. He put his handkerchief over his eye.
if he put his hand on his forehead above his left eye?

Can one say
c.There was a cut over his eye.
if there was a cut above his eye?


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Re: over his eye

Post by Bobinwales » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:56 pm

azz wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:36 pm

a. He hung the his belt over the door knob? YES

b. He put his handkerchief over his eye.
if he put his hand on his forehead above his left eye? NO - "Over his eye" would mean to cover it.

c.There was a cut over his eye. YES
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Re: over his eye

Post by Phil White » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:32 pm

Bob's answers only appear to be bizarre. They are correct. As so often, context and pragmatics alone determine what is possible or not.

"He put his hand over his right eye" almost certainly means that he covered his eye.
"He but his hand over his eyes" could be either. Only context will determine whether he was covering his eyes or shading them from the sun. But the first sentence above is unlikely to have this "shading his eye" meaning, as you would normally shade both eyes.

In other words, "over" can have either meaning, and only context or pragmatics would resolve the meaning.
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