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I read a sentence in one book, "I just took part in a study over in the Psychology Department."

I'm wondering that why do we add "over" in front of the "in the" here? Many thanks!

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"Over" in that context is just a mild intensifier expressing that the location mentioned is some physical distance away. Cf. "Over There" — the song sung by American troops in the 1st World War in which Europe, way across the Atlantic Ocean, was referred to as "Over There."

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"Over in the Psychology Department" as opposed to "here in the Psychology department". –  GEdgar Mar 9 '12 at 1:21
    
...or 'here in the English department'. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Mar 9 '12 at 1:52
    
How about yon(der) in the or in yon(der)? –  Jon Purdy Mar 9 '12 at 7:56
    
US troops stationed in the UK during and after WWII were said to be 'Over-paid, over-sexed and over here'! –  Barrie England Mar 9 '12 at 8:19
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