Students often wonder about the word GET. It can mean so many different things, and depending on the preposition that follows, it can be even more confusing!
Let ‘s take a look at some examples that might help you GET IT RIGHT (meaning to understand and use the word Get correctly).
GET meaning “receive/buy/find”
• Did you GET the postcards I sent you from London? Yes! I loved the one with Big Ben on it!
• I went shopping! Oh really? And what did you GET? I bought a swimsuit, and a beach towel!
GET meaning “arrive”
• How can I GET to London? You can GET there by car or by train. And later, you can GET a taxi home.
• Great! I Thanks! I need to GET home by 6.30 pm.
GET + Adjective
• In August, many people decide to GET married.
• 21st of June is the longest day of the year. It GETs dark really late, after 10 pm.
• My daughter has learnt to GET dressed alone. She is growing up so fast!
• When I am on holiday, I always GET hungry at 3 pm. I love eating fish on the beach!
• Let ́s sit inside; it is GETting a bit cold/hot out here!
GET + CARS/BUSES/TRAINS
• You can GET IN a car, or GET OUT of the car.
• You can GET ON a bus, or GET OFF a bus/train.
And if you are ready for some more examples with GET, here goes!
• What time do you GET up in the morning? I usually GET up at 7.30 to GET to work.
• How was the exam? How did you GET on? (meaning how did you do)
• Learning Chinese is really hard…. But I can GET by (meaning you now manage to communicate in that language)
• I am travelling to the UK with all my family, but…. I don ́t really GET on with my brother in law (meaning have a good relationship).
• I sent him an email, but he never GOT back to me (meaning, he never answered)
• I am GETting rid of all my old books, and donating them to the local library. I need space for my new books!
And remember, if you like sport and you are going to take part in a race, you might hear:
On your marks, GET set, go!! OR: GET ready, GET set, go! Or simply: Ready, Steady, Go!!!
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