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Ever wondered why natives always use the word ‘get’? Never been able to decode the word? Well, here in this article we have a complete insider’s guide to GET, detailing the rules and the reasons as to why we use this strange word for nearly everything.

Get + noun/pronoun = ‘obtain’ or ‘receive’ 

  • My mother got a new car. ‘I’ll get you for the drink.
  • Can you get me a drink, please?
  • Can I get it (the tab)? Yeah.
  • I got a new phone for my birthday.

Get + adverb particle or preposition = ‘A movement’

  • I got out of the house.
  • Did she get away?
  • What time do you get up every day?
  • She got home at 15:00. (home is an adverb of direction and a noun)
  • Get out of my restaurant!
  • He got me there.

*exceptions being all idioms. eg ‘get over’ ‘get off’

 Get + adjective = ‘become’

  • I’m getting too old for this.
  • Put your coat on you’ll get cold.
  • Susana got tired of doing exercise.
  • Mariana is getting sick of her science class.
  • You’re getting better every time I see you.
  • The pain will get worse, I’m afraid.

Get + past participle = reflexive and passive meaning

  • My car got worked on the other day.
  • I got told to leave.
  • They got invited to a party.
  • Let’s get these dishes cleaned.
  • Samuel got his car worked on.
  • The couple got married in June.
  • The thief got caught thankfully.

 Get + gerund (verb+ing) = ‘starting’

  • I’d like to get moving, please.
  • He got him talking over the problem.
  • I’m done with this meeting, let’s get moving.
  • What time will you get finishing today?
  • Get the air-conditioner going, please.
  • We had best get leaving now, we’re feeling tired.
  • Jake got texting his friend so he could see him that night.

Get + infinitive = ‘to have an opportunity’

  • I’m lucky I get to live abroad, very lucky indeed.
  • When will you get to travel to England?
  • They get to see their parents every day after school.
  • I get to travel for my job.
  • Maria gets to read a novel every day.
  • Francis got to sleep in his sleeping bag last night.
  • I always get to eat chocolate on Friday.

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