Could you tell me what if there is any difference between send something to someone and send something over to someone? For example:

Can you please send those files to me by Friday?

Can you please send those files over to me by Friday?

I've consulted many dictionaries, such as The Free Dictionary but I couldn't find the answer. In a lot cases dictionaries don't explain subtle differences, such as in this case, so I would appreciate it if you share your thoughts on this one.

  • What do you think? Have you looked into it at all?
    – gotube
    Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 20:29
  • Yes, I've looked into it. And if you go on the internet, you won't find the difference between the two, I mean I couldn't. Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 20:59
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    – gotube
    Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 23:06
  • So I'm closing the question as off-topic until it includes information about what research you've done, and what thoughts, if any, you have about differences between the two.
    – gotube
    Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 23:08
  • I have included the research I've done, so would you please be kind enough to reopen the question so that the community and me would get some answers. Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 9:40

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They mean almost exactly the same thing. I've come up with a couple minor nuances.

With "over to me", it sounds more familiar and casual, where with just "to me" it's neutral.

Also, "over to me" mildly suggests that this person is your peer, because you're sending it across, on the same level. It's in contrast with expressions like, "Send that up to the CEO/to head office" or "Send that down to custodial/to the mail room.

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