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    'was anything other than'

    Can anyone explain the underlined phrase?
    It seemed like nobody involved could get over the fact that infidelity was anything other than an act to be downplayed, concealed, or outright avoided. Thanks

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    #2

    Re: 'was anything other than'

    "Infidelity" is something that is normally hidden. Why the other people were surprised by that is unclear.

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    Re: 'was anything other than'

    Correct me if I am wrong.

    "can't get over it" means "surprised"
    "can get over it" means "not surprise"

    So "Nobody can get over it" can also be written as "no one is not surprised by" / "everyone is surprised by"

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    Re: 'was anything other than'

    'can’t get over something
    used for saying that you are very surprised by something'── quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...itish/get-over

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 16-Jun-2015 at 15:49.

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    #5

    Re: 'was anything other than'

    Explanation from the site you have given me sounds different from what I get from http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic15983.html

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    #6

    Re: 'was anything other than'

    People involved in infidelity somehow cannot accept the fact that it should not be downplayed, concealed or outright avoided
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: 'was anything other than'

    Quote Originally Posted by iereiy View Post
    infidelity was anything other than an act to be...
    Does it mean 'infidelity was not an act to be...'?

    Quote Originally Posted by iereiy View Post
    Explanation from the site you have given me sounds different from what I get from http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic15983.html
    What I got from your link is that 'I can't get over...' has a sense of being surprised, which is not different from the definition in the dictionary I quoted.

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    Re: 'was anything other than'

    Quote Originally Posted by iereiy View Post

    "can't get over it" means "surprised"
    "can get over it" means "not surprise"

    So "Nobody can get over it" can also be written as "no one is not surprised by" / "everyone is surprised by"
    Well just want to confirm. Is the above correct? I need to have an affirmative answer of "yes" or "no". So it will help me to understand better in future context. And to Matthew Wai, I have to apologise because I forgot to scroll down the site you gave.
    Last edited by iereiy; 17-Jun-2015 at 11:22.

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    #9

    Re: 'was anything other than'

    Quote Originally Posted by iereiy View Post
    "can get over it" means "not surprise"
    I have consulted three dictionaries. I could only find 'can’t get over something' in the sense of being surprised but not 'can get over something' in the sense of not being surprised.

    Quote Originally Posted by iereiy View Post
    And to Matthew Wai, I have to apologise
    阁下言重了。

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 17-Jun-2015 at 11:57.

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    #10

    Re: 'was anything other than'

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    In my opinion, Tedmc's definition of "to get over something" seems very appropriate for the sentence that we are discussing.

    James: Why are you always so sad?

    Mona: Because Raul promised to marry me and then he married Martha instead.

    James: OMG, Mona! That was five years ago. Get over it! ( = accept it!) Move on with your life.
    Last edited by TheParser; 18-Jun-2015 at 13:20. Reason: Big technical problems.

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