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"Send over" vs "Send through" Hello all, I've got 3 questions regarding the use of the verb send: 1) In which contexts would you say each of the verbs feels more natural? 2) Is there a particular difference in meaning between the two forms? 3) Could you please give examples of sentences? Feel free to correct my English, I thank you in advance :)
Feb 14, 2017 9:59 PM
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Hi Isa, We use "send over" when we are delivering something to a destination. There is an element of direction. Things that we can send over include: email, letter, parcels, books and much more. Example: Please send the documents over to the relevant department. We use "send through" to emphasise the mode used to deliver something. Examples are : email, post Example: Please send your application form through email. / You have to pay to send a parcel through post. Hope this helps. Cheers, Lance
February 14, 2017
"Send over" is used when the object is traveling over a distance, and that object is being brought by a person. For example, imagine that the electricity to your house goes out, and you need a flashlight, but don't have one. You call your neighbor to ask if you can borrow their's. Your neighbor tells you, "Sure, I will send my son over with it." You use "send through" when the object has to cross some type of barrier in order to get to you. As an example of this, if your boss or secretary has a call on hold for you you would say "Send the call through." In this case, you boss or secretary acted as a "barrier" to the call and it had to stop so that it could be allowed to get to its destination (you). This might be unclear, if it is, please ask me to clarify more.
February 14, 2017
They are quite similar, and I don't think there is any difference in meaning. I would say (based on the English I use - others may be different) that the difference would be that I would only use 'send over' for physical things like documents or samples, and not for emails. To be honest though, I would usually just use 'send' rather than either of these phrasal options. The one case I would use one of these, is in an incomplete sentence. "Please send me your quotation" - a plain sentence. "I haven't quite finished that document for the client/Just send it through. I want to check it" - a 'part' sentence. "I've got a mock-up of that new part 3-D printed/Send it over! I would love to see it". ditto.
February 14, 2017
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