01. Many of the victims of the fire had been [overcome] by the smoke, and had to be carried out by the firefighters.
02. Martha's inability to [overcome] her fear of water has kept her from learning how to swim.
03. Her family was [overcome] with grief when they arrived at the hospital where she had been brought by ambulance.
04. Roberto had to [overcome] a lot of difficulties to get where he is today.
05. Malcolm had to [overcome] his fear of blood when he decided to become a nurse.
06. She was [overcome] by the hot sun, and had to be helped into the house.
07. One of the firefighters was [overcome] by the smoke, and ended up having to be rescued himself.
08. There is a Chinese proverb which states that the greatest conqueror is he who [overcomes] the enemy without a blow.
09. Mohammed said that to [overcome] evil with good is good, whereas to resist evil by evil is evil.
10. Helen Keller once observed that although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the [overcoming] of it.
11. A karate master once remarked that karate is not only a technique for [overcoming] opponents, but also for [overcoming] yourself.
12. Samuel Johnson once suggested that nothing will ever be attempted if all possible [objections] must first be overcome.
13. Poor people often know what they need to [overcome] their problems, but they lack the resources to act.
14. [Overcoming] poverty and racism can only be achieved through global cooperation.
15. Julia Coleman once suggested that goodness and truth can [overcome] great power.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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