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.
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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.