[Over / during] the fourteenth century

Discussion in 'English Only' started by peptidoglycan, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. peptidoglycan Senior Member

    ---- the fourteenth century, some architects broadened their studies ---- light and began to explore the science of optics.

    A) Over / over
    B) During / of
    C) Through / throughout
    D) At / in
    E) Among / under

    The question was asked in a nation-wide exam in Turkey. I think B is correct. But I wonder whether A is correct as well. Because "over the century", and "study over" sound alright to my ear. What do you think? Thanks.
  2. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    You were right until you started thinking A might be possible. ;) We don't have 'studies over'. We have 'studies of', 'studies about' and 'studies in' - although those are to a degree context-dependent. Also, something can happen 'during', 'throughout' and 'in' a century, but not 'over' it. Something could change or develop 'over the course of' the century.

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