When you are studying with great concentration, are you poring over or pouring over the books?
Both verbs can be used as phrasal verbs but they have different meanings. Here are a few examples:
When we’re intently studying a subject, nothing is actually pouring (that is, flowing or leaking) onto the object of study; if something did pour onto what you’re poring over, your activity would be far more challenging. The less familiar verb pore is correct.
- I listened while he poured out his anger and frustration.
- I’m sorry about pouring out my troubles like this.
- She poured out the whole story.
- He’ll pour his heart out to anyone who will listen.