These sentences containing words beginning with "over" are for ESL practice only. How do you like them? Can you find any mistakes in grammar and/or meaning? Thanks in advance for all your valuable opinion!

bests, Mike.

1. It’s sometimes easy to overlook mistakes while overthrowing the king,so don’t overreact.
2. The branches overhung an old fountain overflowing with water, thegarden was much overgrown and the house needed some major overhauling.
3. Being on time is of overriding importance to us, so try to overtakethe bus without overturning the car on this country road.
4. I used to travel overland, but now that I’ve overcome my fear offlying I am not afraid to take the overnight flight through the overcast sky!
5. We have plenty of overtime this year, but don’t overestimate ourdrugs-overdosing boss, he will take no notice of that.
6. If you oversleep on an overseas tour, wear an overcoat over youroveralls.
7. I was so overcome that I could hardly speak, and then I feltovertaken by exhaustion.
8. If you overdo the salt on an overdone meat, your guests will surelynot overeat.
9. The house was overcrowded and my father overbearing, but overall,things looked good.
10. I always oversimplify matters when I experience the overpoweringfeeling of hopelessness.
11. I am much overworked and still I have to write an overview of thehistory of this region!
12. She felt an overwhelming urge to cry - her long overdue baby was afew pounds overweight.
13. The overall cost of the project is $500 and Jack is overseeing it,so there will be no oversights.
14. Don’t go overboard and overload the electrical system.
15. I would be much overjoyed if I could crash at your place overnight.
16. The restaurant was much overrated, and we were overcharged for the wine.
17. Last week I overheard a conversation about the Congress overridingthe President’s veto on the war issue, and now I can see planes flying overhead.
18. The meeting overran by half an hour and finally the previous rulingwas overturned.
19. The town is overran by rats, so don’t worry now about myjurisdiction overlaping with yours.
20. Look, overleaf it says to take the overpass!
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These sentences containing words beginning with "over" are for ESL practice only. How do you like them? Can you find ... rats, so don't worry now about my jurisdiction overlaping with yours. 20. Look, overleaf it says to take the overpass!

2. "...needed a major overhaul."
5. I think "overdosing" is only a gerund.
8. "meat" is better as a mass noun in this context.
15. "I would be overjoyed...".
18. I think "overran" needs a direct object.
19. "is overrun".
These sentences containing words beginning with "over" are for ESL practice only. How do you like them? Can you find any mistakes in grammar and/or meaning? Thanks in advance for all your valuable opinion!

A modern linguist (e.g. Stephen Pinker, author of Words and Rules: the Ingredients of Language (1999) might say you have things backwards. The prefiix OVER is not a genuine linguistic category because language is Words and Rules and a prefix is neither a word nor a rule; and its various functions are not governed by any rule s much as by what people want to say.
E.g. English includes such words as overstate and overthrow, which both have the same (or at least similar) prefix. But no rule of either grammar or meaning links these two words. (So I doubt a set of such words will benefit the ESL student.)
Don Phillipson
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18. The meeting overran by half an hour and finally the previous ruling was overturned.

18. I think "overran" needs a direct object.

Sentence 18 seems correct to me, and would be commonplace in BrE. Would you (CB) prefer "The meeting overran its allotted time ..."? That also seems fine in BrE.
Alan Jones.
These sentences containing words beginning with "over" are for ESL practice only. How do you like them? Can you find ... bests, Mike. 19. The town is overran by rats, so don’t worry now about my jurisdiction overlaping with yours.

Should be "overrun" & "overlapping".
These sentences containing words beginning with "over" are for ESL ... and/or meaning? Thanks in advance for all your valuable opinion!

A modern linguist (e.g. Stephen Pinker, author of Words and Rules: the Ingredients of Language (1999) might say you have things backwards. The prefiix OVER is not a genuine linguistic category

But he doesn't say it is a category (although I guess the mere use of these words in one place makes it a category), or a linguistic category, or a genuine one.
I think it would pay to look at lists of similar words, whatever their similarity is. Some words may end up in several lists, because they share different things with other sets of words.
This particular exercise seems pretty easy to me, since few of these words that start with over- have any special problems. In fact it is often the other half of the word that we've corrected here.

But the point could be to introduce them to many words that start with over-, or if they know the words, to have an easy exercise for once that will solidify their knowledge of these words.

English is my first language, but learning several others to one degree or another, I rarely if ever found a set of sentences like this that wasn't worth going through at least once. The goal is to know the material inside and outside, top and bottom, every which way and back.
because language is Words and Rules and a prefix is neither a word nor a rule; and its various ... grammar or meaning links these two words. (So I doubt a set of such words will benefit the ESL student.)

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These sentences containing words beginning with "over" are for ESL practice only. How do you like them? Can you find ... We have plenty of overtime this year, but don’t overestimate our drugs-overdosing boss, he will take no notice of that.

drug-overdosing. It's derived from the noun phrase "drug overdose", not the verb phrase "overdose on drugs".
6. If you oversleep on an overseas tour, wear an overcoat over your overalls. 7. I was so overcome that ... felt overtaken by exhaustion. 8. If you overdo the salt on an overdone meat, your guests will surely not overeat.

No "an". If you use "an", you have to say overdone piece of meat.
9. The house was overcrowded and my father overbearing, but overall, things looked good. 10. I always oversimplify matters when ... 13. The overall cost of the project is $500 and Jack is overseeing it, so there will be no oversights.

This one is fine, but worth noting that if Jack is providing oversight, and there will be no oversigghts, there won't be a single oversight, the first occurrence of the word meanss the opposite of the remaining two!
14. Don’t go overboard and overload the electrical system. 15. I would be much overjoyed if I could crash at ... can see planes flying overhead. 18. The meeting overran by half an hour and finally the previous ruling was overturned.

I don't know, maybe overran is fine, but most people in the US would say "ran over".
19. The town is overran by rats, so don’t worry now about my jurisdiction overlaping with yours.

Overrun.
20. Look, overleaf it says to take the overpass!

What's overleaf?
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Indianapolis, 7 years
Chicago, 6 years
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Baltimore 20 years
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20. Look, overleaf it says to take the overpass!

What's overleaf?

Nothing: my CRT doesn't have a verso side, and I doubt yours has one either.

Odysseus
A modern linguist (e.g. Stephen Pinker, author of Words and ... backwards. The prefiix OVER is not a genuine linguistic category

But he doesn't say it is a category (although I guess the mere use of these words in one place ... least once. The goal is to know the material inside and outside, top and bottom, every which way and back.

To Don: Mairman read my mind on this one. Nothing more to add... I made these sentences up so that my ESL students could play with words a little. English is my second language and I always found such exercises helpul. I would pay closer attention to the modern linguistic approach if I were to publish a textbook, but I don't intend to do so Emotion: wink
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