Hand the files vs. Hand over the files

Thereawakenedone

Member
Japan
I want to write that I was not able to give the files to my boss on time.

Should I say, "I was not able to hand the files to my boss on time" or "I was not able to hand over the files to my boss on time"

Thanks for the help! :)
 
  • RedwoodGrove

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Using "hand" emphasizes the physical aspect of the action. You have the files in your hand and you extend them to your boss who takes them in his or her hand. If you say "give" it could mean you just leave them in a mailbox, on a desk, with a secretary, etc.
     
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