Unitat 44

Uses of ‘get’

Contingut exercicis

In this section we are going to see the different meanings and uses that the verb to get has. See the list below:

  • To get meaning to receive / to have:

Example:          Did you get a refund for the torn T-shirt?

                                            I only got a 15 minutes break today!


  • To get meaning to go / to come / to arrive:

Example:          Do you know how to get to the cinema?

                                            I got home at three a.m. yesterday.


  • To get meaning to answer:

Example:          I’m a bit busy right now. Could you get the phone please?


  • To get meaning to become (usually followed by an adjective):

Example:          I got lost trying to find the way out of that wood.

                                            I seldom get angry, but that boy was being really annoying!


  • To get meaning to understand:

Example:          My teacher explained the passive three times, but I don’t really get it.


  • To get something done is used to describe an action that somebody else does for you and from which you get the result. The structure is the following:

(1) Get (present, past, future)  + (2) something/somebody + (3) Past participle verb

Example:          I got my house painted last month.

                                                  1          2            3


Apart from the different meaning listed above, the verb to get is used in a large number of phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions.

Phrasal verbs Idiomatic expressions

To get away → to escape

To get over → to recover

To get out → to leave

To get rid of → to throw away

Get along → to be friends

Get through (something) → to manage to do/ survive.

To get together → to gather

To get cold feet → to abandon

To get a kick out of → to take pleasure

To get on (someone’s) nerves → to bother

To get a handle on → to understand

To get in touch with → to make contact

To get into trouble → to be punished for wrongdoing.

To get to know (somebody) → become familiar with.


Exercici 1

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.

Exercici 2

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.

Exercici 3

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.