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I have heard the following used often

Over the course of the semester, ...

but a friend recently told me

Through the course of the semester, ...

Are both of these usages of the idiom acceptable? I feel like the second one is strange while the first one is acceptable.

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The first is certainly acceptable. Although I've heard the second example used, in my opinion it's not correct. It may perhaps be most charitably read as "through[out] the course of the semester", which is fine.

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Agreed. 8 times as many links for the natural sounding #1 compared to the odd sounding #2. –  dcaswell Aug 27 '13 at 3:55
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As this is an English Language & Usage site, please use standard English formatting & capitalisation for sentences: it makes answers much easier to read. –  TrevorD Aug 27 '13 at 10:37
    
@TrevorD — fair enough. In an on-screen context I have a preference for the newly-emerging conventions, but perhaps this isn’t the place to be avant-garde. (I’d add an emoticon here, but somehow it seems as though it might come across as disingenuous!) –  simon Aug 27 '13 at 11:15
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