The word OVER can be used as in a number of ways as a preposition, adjective or adverb. Let’s take a look at some of its more basic uses:

over for a ‘higher position’

Above or higher than something else, sometimes when one thing covers the other:

‘The plane flew over the city’

over as ‘across’

As a preposition ‘over’ is used when crossing from one side to the other, usually when going up and then down:

‘She drove her car over the hill.’

over as ‘more than’

‘Over’ is used as a preposition to mean ‘more than’:

‘The repairs to my car will cost over $1000.’

over as ‘down’

When used in a phrasal verb ‘over‘ means ‘down’:

‘The old man fell over and broke his hand.’

over as ‘using’

When used as a preposition ‘over’ can mean ‘using’:

‘I don’t like talking about personal things over the phone.’

over as ‘other side’

When using ‘over’ as a preposition of place it can be used to mean ‘other side’:

‘The hotel I’m staying at is over the road from here.’

over as ‘during’

During something, or while doing something:

‘I’ll read the report over the weekend.’

over as ‘control’

In control of or instructing someone or something:

‘The government keeps control over what is reported in the newspapers.’

over as ‘connected with’

‘Over’ is used when referring to a cause of interest or discussion:

‘There was a lot of discussion over who should get the job.’

over as ‘extra’

As an adverb ‘over is used to show something is extra or not used:

‘Do you have any money left over from your trip to New York.’

over as ‘finished’

As an adjective ‘over’ can be used to mean ‘finished’:

‘What time will the game be over?’

over as ‘again’

As a adverb over can mean ‘again’ or ‘repeatedly’:

‘I burnt the dinner, I’ll have to do it over.’

over as ‘feeling better’

We use it as a preposition to show that we are physically or mentally better after an illness or bad experience:

‘I was sick all last night, but think I’m getting over it.’

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