Phrasal verbs with “over” | English Lesson

Phrasal verbs with “over” | English Lesson

In this tutorial for beginners’ learners are going to learn 5 Phrasal verbs with the preposition “over”.

Let’s do a quick revision of phrasal verbs, so phrasal verbs have 2 parts:

a verb and then a preposition. Example: tear up

Watch the video here.

The meaning of a phrasal verb is sometimes different from the meaning of the verb and preposition separately. So, the meaning of the phrase together is often different to the meaning of “tear” and “up” separately.

Verb: “tear” (past simple: tore        past participle: tore)

Meaning: To rip or to separate forcefully.

Example: John tore the paper.

Preposition: “up”          Meaning: in a higher position

So, it’s the opposite of down, alright? Again, it’s quite easy.

But what about “tear up” what’s the meaning of the phrasal verb “tear up” well, it’s very different the meaning of “tear up” is; to damage, remove or destroy something such as a piece of paper or cloth by pulling it into pieces.

Example: My brother tore up all the pieces of paper on the table.

I’m going to discuss the following 5 phrasal verbs with the preposition “over”.

Pull over

Get over something

 Fall over

Take over

Think something over

And as a bonus I’m going to give you an expression with over as a prefix.

Pull over

pull over” is something we do in a car or vehicle.

It means to stop the car or vehicle at the side of the road.


1. The policeman signaled the driver to pull over.

2. My father decided to pull over to have some drinks.

Get over something

The past simple and past participle of the verb get is got, so it’s an irregular verb.

This phrasal verb get over something have 2 meanings.

Meaning 1– to feel better physically or recover after an illness.


Tim: How are you?

Helen: I have a sore throat but I’m getting over it.

So, Helen is saying that she is recovering from the sore throat. She’s starting to feel better not completely but she’s starting to feel better, alright? So, we’re using the present continuous it’s in progress, she’s starting to feel better.

Meaning 2 – to feel better mentally after being sad or upset.

            It took Peter a long time to get over the loss of his grandmother.

My father finds out a good way to get over our present situation.

     Jane needs a lot of help to get over her ex-boyfriend.

Fall over

past simple: “fell”              past participle: “fallen”

And “fall over” has two meanings:

Meaning 1: If a person “falls over”, he / she falls to the ground.

I saw an old lady fell over when she gets off the bus.

Meaning 2: If a thing “falls over”, it falls onto one side.

The cupboard looks as if its about to fall over.

Take over

past simple: took               past participle: taken

            = to replace someone

            = to continue doing something for someone else


John has been selected to take over as manager when Mr. Cruz retires.

My father wants my eldest brother to take over the business.

Think something over

past simple: thought                     past participle: thought

= to consider something

= to think carefully about something before making a decision.


I’ll think over the position you offer and give you my answer tomorrow.

My father said, let’s think over what we would this weekend.


Now this is not a phrasal verb “overcome” is a verb with “over” as a prefix.

past simple: “overcame”             past participle: overcame

The meaning of overcome is;

            = to defeat something

            = to succeed in controlling something.

Example: “Robert had to overcome a lot of struggles to finish his studies”.

So there we go that’s the end of this tutorial, hope you understand the use of phrasal verbs with the preposition “over”.

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