General Writing and Grammar Help/Be over

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Dear Ted:

Consider this sentence:

To her surprise, her friend's boyfriend is over and offers to pay the debt for his girlfriend.

My question is the following:

Does "her friend's boyfriend is over" mean "he's at home"?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  
Consider this sentence:

To her surprise, her friend's boyfriend is over and offers to pay the debt for his girlfriend.

My question is the following:

Does "her friend's boyfriend is over" mean "he's at home"?

*** I understand your confusion.  I have no idea what it means.  The sentence is vague; it is very poorly written.

If he "is over," he is most likely NOT at his own home.  It sounds like he is at the home of his girlfriend.  That's only a guess.  Do you have a context in which this sentence appears?


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