There are so many ways to use get in phrases and expressions. Today we’ll look at a few of them.
Get is used frequently is spoken English. It has the following meanings:
buy, receive, or obtain something, e.g. Please get me a cup of coffee.
change one’s position- move or be moved,e.g. How are you going to get home?
change one’s state- become or make, e.g. I feel like I am getting older.
Get also has many other specific meanings
She doesn’t get it. [understand]
His questions really get me sometimes. [annoy, irritate*]
I’ll get the phone.
You will like him, once you get to know him. [gradually begin to know]
More phrasal verbs with get
|Get along with sb||To have a good relationship with someone||John gets a long with his boss very well.|
|Get at||Reach, find||I hope after talking to her, we will get at the truth.|
|Get away with||Do something wrong without being caught||Tom got away with all his mistakes by blaming someone else.|
|Get along||manage||How did we ever get along without a nanny.|
|Get behind||Fail to produce something at the right time||After being sick I got behind completing my project.|
|Get by||Manage financially||Nowadays it’s so hard to get by on just one income|
|Get down||Depressed||I always get down on cold winter days.|
|Get down to||Direct your attention to||I think it’s time to get down to business.|
|Get out of||Avoid responsibility||Don’t try to get out of doing the dishes. It’s your turn.|
|Get over||Recover from||It took me 7 days to get over my flu.|
|Get through||Come to a successful end||Finally we are getting through all of these problems.|
|Get off||Finish or leave||What time will you get off work tonight?|
1.She got __________ all the interviews and was offered the job.
2.You’re still sneezing! Haven’t you gotten _______ that cold yet?
3.We get _______ only because we live very economically.
4.He doesn’t get _______ well with his coworkers. No one likes his attitude.
5.I need to work overtime. I don’t want to get ______ with the project.
6.What time are you getting ____ work tonight?
He got out of bed on the wrong side today. [be in a bad mood]
The meeting got off to a good/ bad start. [start well/ badly]
We’re having a little get-together. I hope you all can come. [informal social meeting]
I really enjoy getting rid of useless stuff while cleaning. [throw away, destroy
I’m afraid she’s going to get back at me someday. [take revenge]
After all this discussion, we’ve gotten nowhere. [make no progress, waste time]
One more time
1.I would hate to get rid of ___________ .
2.The dinner got off to a bad start when ___________ .
3.I find it very hard to get down to __________ .
4.I wish I could get out of ____________ .
5.________ is really getting me down.