Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get through

get through
Meaning(s)
1) arrive at the end or finish something difficult
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    • we'll get through this together
  • Analysis
     To 'get through' something means to finish or complete it. Usually 'getting through' something means there was an amount of difficulty or a lot of effort involved before you managed to finish. You will hear this used in social contexts: "I didn't know how we would manage to get through it when we found out John was so sick." or in professional contexts: "It was a tough year for the agriculture sector but we managed to get through it." You can also 'get through' resources meaning to use them up. "I am surprised we got through so much paper last month. Maybe we can find some ways of reducing the amount we are using."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. We can get through this together, the man told his wife at the hospital.
    2. The student knew that if he could get through his first three exams, the worst would be over.
    3. Don't worry about it. We'll get through this, okay?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We struggled a lot in our first few years of operation but we managed to get through it with the help of our incredible staff.
    2. I don't know how we will get through to next year if our takings don't improve dramatically.
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2) make contact, connect or communicate with
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    • can't get through on the phone, just can't get through to him
  • Analysis
     can refer to meaningful communication, such as advice
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I've been trying to get him for hours on the phone. I just can't get through!
    2. He ignores me every time I try to help him. I just can't seem to get through to him.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We need to fix the issue immediately if our customers can't get through to us, we will lose out on hundreds of sales.
    2. Screening customer service issues with a chatbot means 75% of customer problems are solved before getting through to an employee.
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