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I read this sentence in a book:

I just took part in a study over in the Psychology Department.

Why do we add over in front of in the here?

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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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