Student or Learner
'"He said that we are going to go home after we get this job over and done with"
"He said that we are going to go home once we finish this job."
Last edited by ostap77; 19-Sep-2010 at 18:20.
I hate housework. I just want to get it over and done with.
My kids hate doing their homework, so when they get home, I tell them to start straight away. That way, it'll be over and done with quickly.
I have to have an injection later. I hope the doctor gets it over and done with fast because I don't like needles.
Last edited by ostap77; 19-Sep-2010 at 21:26.
I can't agree with teacher. It's a very common expression in the UK. Even government ministers might use it, so it has no class association there. It always has a negative connotation.
The explanation by emsr2d2 is good, in my opinion.
If you say "I'm going home when I finish this job" that is just a statement of fact. If you say "I'm going home when I get this job over and done with", I would understand that to mean that you're finding the job at least a little tedious and you will be happy when it's finished.
Perhaps it's just how a phrase has been used in one person's experience. In my experience, during my childhood, it was always used in relation to something that you really wanted to be over. That may not be the case for everyone, which explains the differences in our opinions of the phrase.
We have another phrase for finishing something - "it's all done and dusted". That, to me, has neither positive nor negative connotations.
Have you finished your homework? Yes, it's all done and dusted.
How are you getting on with decorating your house? Oh, it's done and dusted. We finished last week.