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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?


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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."

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/move+over

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

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/move+aside

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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