V over n
Structure II: Verb with Adjunct
|Verb group||over||noun group|
|A slight smile||flickered||over||his face.|
|Sheer walls of limestone||towered||over||us.|
Verbs with this structure are all concerned with movement, position, or extent, either physical or metaphorical. The prepositional phrase indicates the place, thing, or field of activity involved. With most of these verbs, the Subject is inanimate.
descend extend fall flicker hang range reign skim stoop tower trip wash trip up
A discernible gloom descended over the former drill hall.
Speaking to reporters after their talks, the two foreign ministers said their talks ranged over many issues.
Soon we were skimming over the water.
Make sure trailing flexes are kept out of the way behind the furniture so you don't trip up over them.
The hair on the back of Luther's neck bristled and a wave of temper washed over him.