I've been reading two sentences:

For they had not married heedlessly in America.

Although they have talked everything over beforehand.

In these two sentences, I'm not sure about the use of for and over beforehand (especially over). I know about beforehand, Oxford Dictionaries say–

  • Before an action or event; in advance

but it's the over bit that is confusing me. Please help.

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They aren’t related.

For means because or since (ODO).

To talk (something) over is to discuss a problem or situation with someone, often to find out their opinion or to get advice before making a decision about it (Cambridge Dictionary).


“For” in this context is a conjunction meaning “because”. And in “talking something over” the word “over” is a phrasal verb and used together mean to discuss something with someone. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/talk-sth-over

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