... over happened by

Tony100000

Senior Member
Portuguese
The man and his wife decided to pay a visit to the god.
The man put his hands together and prayed to his god.
Just then, a good-for-nothing man from the next village over happened by.
Does this "over" just mean "from one side to the other", from his village to the village where the couple was? :confused:
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    The word "over" adds no information. It simply means the next (and nearest) village.
     

    pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    Packard is correct, but a small clarification in case someone doesn't understand:

    The phrase is "the next village over," not "over happened by."
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Packard is correct, but a small clarification in case someone doesn't understand:

    The phrase is "the next village over," not "over happened by."
    Ah, yes. The good-for-nothing man happened by. He was from the next village over.
     
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