Is there any difference?

I read somewhere said that "move aside" implies a little bit of ordering rather than asking. Is it true?

Mom was cooking dinner and her little daughter was blocking her way.

Mom: Can you move over/aside, please?


Yes, I believe both have similar meaning, but "move aside" is a little more formal and thus distant, and more often used when you are blocking the way and must make a significant movement. Like I can imagine a a police officer moving toward me say "move aside sir" or "step aside sir," than saying "move over sir."


To physically create space between oneself and someone or something else.


To move to one side, especially to get out of someone or something's way.

  • Thank you for your help! what would you say in the context if you were the mum and you didn't want your child to bother you cooking? – I'mALittleBus Nov 18 at 5:25

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