19 October 2016

EXPRESSIONS WITH GET

TO GET can be used in a number of patterns and has a number of meanings.
TO GET + DIRECT OBJECT = TO OBTAIN, TO RECEIVE, TO BUY
  • got my passport last week. (to obtain)
  • She got her driving license last week. (to obtain)
  • They got permission to live in Switzerland. (to obtain)
  • got a letter from my friend in Nigeria. (to receive)
  • He gets $1,000 a year from his father. (to receive)
  • She got a new coat from Zappaloni in Rome. (to buy)
  • We got a new television for the sitting room. (to buy)
TO GET + PLACE EXPRESSION = REACH, ARRIVE AT A PLACE
  • How are you getting home tonight?
  • We got to London around 6 p.m.
  • What time will we get there?
  • When did you get back from New York?
TO GET + ADJECTIVE = BECOME, SHOW A CHANGE OF STATE
  • I am getting old.
  • It's getting hotter.
  • By the time they reached the house they were getting hungry.
  • I'm getting tired of all this nonsense.
  • My mother's getting old and needs looking after.
  • It gets dark very early in the winter.
  • Don't touch the stove until is gets cool.
TO GET + PREPOSITION/ADVERB 



to get attry to express
I think I see what you're getting at. I agree.

to get away withescape punishment
I can't believe you got away with cheating on that test!

to get bymanage (financially)
Sam doesn't earn much, but we get by.

to get downdepress, descend
This rain is really getting me down.

to get offleave a form of transport (train, bus, bicycle, plane)
We got off the train just before the bomb exploded.

to get on1. enter/sit on a form of transport (train, bus, bicycle, plane)
2. have a relationship with someone
1. He got on his bicycle and rode down the street.
2. Amy and I really get on well.

to get on withto proceed
I have so much homework, I'd better get on with it.

to get out ofavoid doing something, especially a duty
She got out of the washing-up every day, even when it was her turn.

to get overrecover (from an illness, a surprise)
Have you gotten over your cold yet?
to get throughuse or finish the supply of something
We've got through all the sugar. Can you buy some more?

to get upleave your bed
He gets up at 6.00 a.m. every morning.



  • Do you get it means do you understand.
    Do you get what the teacher was explaining in class?
  • He's getting dinner tonight means he's preparing the meal.
    You can relax. It's my turn to get dinner tonight.
  • I'll get the bill means I'll pay.
    Put your wallet away! I'll get the bill.
  • That really gets me! means that irritates me.
    It really gets me when my sister shows up late.
  • To get rid of something means to throw it away.
    I'm going to get rid of all these old newspapers.
  • To get out of bed on the wrong side means to be in a bad mood.
    He got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning and he's been horrible all day.
  • To get your own back means to have your revenge or punish someone.
    She's getting her own back for all those rude things you said at the party last night.

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