Phrasal Verb Get Over – Learn how to use it

July 14, 2017 - Priscila Pereira


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Yeah, yeah, another phrasal verb post, just for you!! And remember, leave a comment! It can be “go girl” or “thanks”, or a question. Jokes aside guys, just let me know if you liked the post or if you have any questions, ok?  Muchas gracias!! 😀

Today’s phrasal verb is……… Get Over!!!


  this is how I sing in public places! (song – Gonna get over you)

I really like this song (this gif is from a song called “Gonna get over you”) And in this song, you can find this phrasal verb. I also love this phrasal verb because it is a very popular one and once you understand how to use it, it is a piece of cake (very easy)! You can use if for a few situations. I will show you the most important ones, as well as audio!! Yes, You are probably very tired of my voice at this point. But keep it up and listen to it, you need to improve pronunciation and I want to help you with that too!



You can use get over to say “recover” from a disease or problem. Let’s see some examples.

Example 01: It took me months to get over my accident, but I’m finally feeling like myself again.

In this case I’m saying that it took me some time to “recover from my accident”, but I’m feeling “normal, good, again.


Example 02: It is a cold you will get over it soon. Drink lots of tea.

In this case I’m telling someone that they only have a cold and that he will recover, feel better soon (fast).


  1. You can also say “get over” when you refer to people you want to forget. You want to forget this person so that you can feel happy again. This usually happens in relationships. If a relationship ends, you usually need some time to get over the person  (“to forget the person”). Let’s see some examples:

Example 01: I can’t believe you haven’t gotten over John yet. It’s been a year. Wake up Sarah!

In this case I can’t believe Sarah has not forgotten John yet. She still feels (probably) sad or even has feelings for him. I’m telling her to “wake up” because It’s been a year already. Some people really need more time to forget, I guess.  How about you?


Example 02:  Boys get over girls really fast!

Is it true? What do you think? In this case I’m saying that boys “forget” girls more quickly.


Example 03: You need to get over the divorce Andrew. Life goes on!

In this case I’m telling Andrew he needs to “forget about the divorce”, to overcome the divorce so that he can feel happy again, after all, life must go on (continue)


  1. You can also use get over OR get over with when you want to do something or let something happen,  because  either you want it to finish soon or you want to start something new.  When you use the preposition “WITH”, the idea is usually informal, and you don’t necessarily need to start another activity, you just want to finish something (usually something unpleasant) Let’s see some examples

Example 01: We need to get over the homework if we want to play video games!

Here I’m saying that  they need to finish the homework in order to have fun (play video games)


Example 02: Let’s get this painting over with. Two more walls and we are done!

In this case, I’m saying we need to finish painting and that we only have to paint two more walls.


  1. Get over can also have a “movement” idea. It means to get to the other side. If you add the word “here” it can become a synonym of the sentence “come here”. Check the example below:

Example 01: the kids got over the fence and ran to the river.

In this example, I’m saying that the kids crossed the fence and then ran to the river.


Example 02:  Mark, get over here and hold this for me, please.

Here I’m telling Mark to “come here” (go there) and hold something for me.


  1. Get over can also mean “to communicate effectively”. Look at the example below:

Example 01: The manager tried to get the rules over to the workers as clearly as he could.

In this case, I’m saying that the manager tried to communicate, to inform the rules to the workers and clearly as possible.


Example 02: the teacher was able to get the instructions over to everyone in the classroom.

In this case, I’m talking about a teacher who was able to give the instructions effectively to her students.


  1. Get over can also be used to indicate surprise! You are surprised by something. Let’s see some examples

Example 01: I can’t get over how much Julia’s grown in only one year. Look at her!

In this case, I’m surprised Julia grew so much!


Example 02: I can’t get over how well my team played last night! No one saw it coming!

In this case, I was surprised that my team played so well and that nobody really expected that.


Wow!! So many different uses, don’t you think? My final tip? The first two situations are definitely the ones you should focus on. Of course that this phrasal verb is used in different situations (like I explained to you in this post), but stick to a few examples and start building your vocabulary. That’s the best way to learn phrasal verbs effectively. Context is key.

Thanks guys!

Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

2 thoughts on “Phrasal Verb Get Over – Learn how to use it

  • Edilson Martins

    September 28, 2017 at 23:28

    “Boys get over girls really fast” No, no, no, I don’t agree…I at least don’t.

  • Sergio

    November 7, 2017 at 18:34

    Go girl that you are great!!!


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