Stop over – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

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To stop over is to stop at a place and stay there for one or two days when you are on a journey to somewhere else.

American English: lay over has the same meaning as stop over.

I would be interested to know if speakers of American English also use ‘stop over’ – do you know?  🙂 And what about in Canada, Australia or New Zealand?

Examples of use:

1. We stopped over in Rome on our way home.

2. We stopped over in Chicago for a day on our way to Seattle.

3. News headline: Sporting stars stop over in Bradford on Avon on cycle ride to France.

4. Why don’t you stop over in Brighton on your way to London? We’d love to see you.

6. We’re stopping over in London for two nights on our way to Amsterdam.

7. Our cruise ship stopped over at Tunis.

UK  informal English – to stop over is also to stay overnight at a place, usually someone’s home.

Example of use:

Come round for dinner one night next week – you can stop over and I’ll show you around the office in the morning.

See also, stay over.

stopover (noun) a break in one’s journey.

Examples of use:

1. We had a two-day stopover in Paris on our way to Barcelona.

2. News article (BBC): Six NATO ships are on a four-day stopover in Belfast between training exercises at sea.

plural – stopovers

infinitive  stop over
present simple  stop over and stops over
-ing form  stopping over
past simple  stopped over
past participle  stopped over

Have you stopped over at a city on your way to somewhere else?

Practise your English and write a sentence using ‘stop over’.

You’re welcome to send your sentences to me, or share them in the comments

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