Does this sentence omit an “of”?

2018-04-08 04:25:22

By Friday morning, markets the world over were in full retreat.

Does it omit an "of" behind the "markets"?

The word of is not needed because the world over is an adverbial phrase modifying were:

By Friday morning, markets the world over were in full retreat.

By Friday morning, markets were in full retreat the world over. (equivalent)

You've probably thinking of something along the following lines:

By Friday morning, markets of the world were in full retreat.

Even in this case, it would be more concise and more natural to write:

By Friday morning, world markets were in full retreat.

  • The word of is not needed because the world over is an adverbial phrase modifying were:

    By Friday morning, markets the world over were in full retreat.

    By Friday morning, markets were in full retreat the world over. (equivalent)

    You've probably thinking of something along the following lines:

    By Friday morning, markets of the world were in full retreat.

    Even in this case, it would be more concise and more natural to write:

    By Friday morning, world markets were in full retreat.

    2018-04-08 06:03:25