General Writing and Grammar Help/Go over - go through

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Dear Ted:

If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

1) We need to go OVER these reports before 3:00 PM.

2) We need to go THROUGH these reports before 3:00 PM.

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:


If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

1) We need to go OVER these reports before 3:00 PM.

2) We need to go THROUGH these reports before 3:00 PM.

*** English is so strange.  We usually think of "over" as being "above" something; "through" means to penetrate instead of going AROUND.

It this case, however, OVER and THROUGH mean the same thing.

It's not my fault.  I didn't develop the language, Paolo.

Ted

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