get over: meaning and explanation

to get over something = to recover from something negative

You can 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 these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Northern England

Mary .
It's Mary still hasn't ex.

About the sentence

…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.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: England (London)

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I'm not it tonight. I'm a bad cold.

About the sentence

…I’m not going to make it…

to make it = to successfully arrive somewhere, e.g. Do you think we’ll make it to the airport in time for the flight?

When you arrive somewhere or reach a place (especially if it was difficult to get there, or you didn’t have much time), you might say: “We made it!”.

Micro-listening #3

Accent: England (RP)

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gutted been offered I'm sure I'll .

About the sentence

…I’m gutted…

gutted (adjective) = very disappointed. e.g. I was gutted when I found out that I had failed the exam by one mark.