Get – 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 this word, 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.