Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

go (over/through) (something)

go overgo throughgo over somethinggo through something
Meaning(s)
1) examine something carefully or explain something again
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • go over what needs to be done, go through the files
  • Analysis

    Go over is a phrasal verb with a number of uses and meanings. To go over something can mean to examine or check something. For example. to go over your notes or to go over the details. Go over can also mean to change your connection to a particular political group or religion. For example, She went over to the Green party after the reshuffling. To go over can also mean to move towards someone or something. If you say something went over well it means it produced a good reaction, so you can ask how something 'went over' to ask about how something was received or accepted by others. In a colloquial context to go over something can mean to clean it quickly. 

    ‘Go through’ is a phrasal verb. To go through can mean to experience a difficult or unpleasant situation. For example, you can go through a difficult time in your life or go through a divorce, for example. To go through can also mean to search through something or to look through something, usually to find something or to discover information. You can go through documents or go through accounts. If something goes through it can mean to be officially approved or submitted. For example, a sale can go through or an application can go through. To go through can also mean to use up a resource, so you can go through a lot of money on your holidays, or go through the groceries you bought last week.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Before we start, let's go over the rules again so everyone remembers how to play.
    2. I've been going through a difficult situation at home recently my mother has been very ill.
    3. I always go over the house and clean the floors before I go on holiday so the house is clean when I get home.
    4. The sale of our new house went through last week and we should receive the keys by Friday.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I've gone over this with you a hundred times! How do you still not understand what to do?
    2. The boss asked me to go through the files to find the necessary document. It took me ages!
    3. We spent most of the meeting going over some key issues that needed to be resolved before we launched the product.
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