What are phrasal verbs? What does get actually mean? These are two questions that our students very commonly ask us during our English classes.
The word ‘get’ on its own has several different meanings in English; here are just three of many different uses of the verb ‘get’:
- I went to the shop to get some bread – buy.
- I don’t get maths – understand.
- She got a new job last week – obtain.
These are just a few examples of how we use the verb ‘to get’ on its own. Add a preposition and you completely change its meaning (get on, get up, get over, etc). This is called a phrasal verb. In English we certainly seem to love our phrasal verbs and they are quite characteristic of, although not limited to, the Germanic languages.
Here are 12 commonly used phrasal verbs with the verb ‘get’:
- Get to (arrive or have an opportunity) – I get to work at around 8:45.
- Get up (out of bed or to ascend) – I get up at 7:00.
- Get down (to descend) – The cat climbed up the tree and couldn’t get down!
- Get back (return) – First, I’ll go to the supermarket and when I get back, I’ll make lunch.
- Get out (to exit) – I went for a swim but had to get out of the pool because the sun was so strong!
- Get on with (have a good rapport or continue) – I get on with all of my work colleagues. I have to get on with my homework because it’s due tomorrow.
- Get along with (have a good rapport) – I get along with all of my work colleagues.
- Get about (travel to lots of places) – She’s been to four different countries already this year – she really does get about!
- Get over (recover) – I had quite a bad cold this week, but I’ve gotten over it now.
- Get through (pass through a difficult time) – Last year was very difficult for us, but we managed to get through it!
- Get on (embark) – Which bus do we need to get on?
- Get off (disembark) – We have to get off the bus at the next stop.
As we tend to use the word ‘get’ quite a lot in English conversations, you should have plenty of opportunities to use these phrasal verbs in many real-life situations.
If you’d like to know more and are interested in our English classes in Madrid, feel free to contact us or drop by either of our English academies in La Elipa and La Almudena, where any one of our native English teachers will be able to give you more information on our highly economical English classes in Madrid this summer.
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