General Writing and Grammar Help/Regional Grammar


We live in Kansas but we are not from here. Our son's teachers and classmates all
use the phrase "take a test over [topic]" rather than "take a test  on [topic]." We have never heard this before and do not believe this is correct. We would very much value your opinion.

Thank you,

I'm so sorry this reply took so long-- I didn't receive my email notice!

You are correct: I should be; Take a test on (subject).. not "over."

This must be a regional thing, like accents are; simply incorrect English.

Just as the UK says "bonnet" for the hood of a car, and "teley" for a telephone, apparently the region you are now living in, uses "over" for actual "on."

I personally would ask the teacher to explain. I'd love to know the answer!

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