2. “get over” as in to “get over a wall” and “get over a relationship/illness” (cover both meanings)
To cross something in the way
To feel better after something bad has happened
“Get over” is used to describe the action of crossing something high that is blocking the way. Usually, one needs to work hard to cross it.
“Get over” is also used when someone feels better after something bad happens.
Illustrative Presentation Context
When I was a kid, my neighbor had many fruit trees in his garden. He had a big wall all around his garden. My brother and I loved stealing apples from his garden. Once, the neighbor found us stealing his apples. He shouted and came running. He had a stick in his hand. He was going to beat us. My brother and I ran to the wall, climbed it and ran away.
Ross and Rachel had been together for more than two years. Their relationship was not going well. They fought a lot. Finally, Rachel decided to leave Ross. She met another guy and started dating him. Ross still misses Rachel. He keeps her photograph in his pocket. Every morning and night, he kisses the photograph. He calls Rachel everyday. She does not like talking to him. I met Ross yesterday. I told him to forget Rachel and stop calling her.
I was very ill last month. I had high fever and felt very cold. The doctor said it was swine flu. I was very scared. I had to eat a lot of medicines. I was ill for almost a month. Now, I am well again.
- We got over the wall.
- He should get over his relationship.
- I got over the flu.
- The stress falls on ‘over’ and ‘wall’.
- The stress falls on ‘should’, ‘over’ and ‘relationship’.
- The stress falls on ‘over’ and ‘flu’.
In its present tense form – ‘get over’ – ‘get’ is pronounced as /g׀t/. ‘Over’ ends in the /ə/.
Concept checking questions
- Did we have to run away from the neighbor?
- Was there something in our way?
- How did we cross the wall?
- Does Ross still love Rachel?
- Should he keep calling Rachel?
- Does Rachel like it?
- What should Ross do?
- When did I fall sick?
- Am I still sick?
- Did I get better?
Subject + get + over + object.
Subject + got + over + object.