get over: meaning and explanation

to get over something = to recover from something negative

You could use this phrasal verb to talk about recovering from various negative things, such as disappointments, shocks, illnesses, relationships etc, e.g. I’m sure I’ll get over it, but I’m really upset about getting such a low mark for my last essay.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Northern England

Mary .
It's Mary still hasn't ex.
It's 6 months Mary still hasn't over ex.

…It’s been 6 months

We use the structure It has been [time period] to describe the length of time that has passed since something happened, e.g. It has been 10 years since we last saw each other.


The word ex in English means your ex-partner (someone who is not your partner any more) e.g. your ex-wife, ex-husband, ex-girlfriend etc.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Think of a disappointment you have experienced. What happened? How long did it take to get over it?
  • What is the best way to help someone get over a break-up?

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