Get — 5 rules to this word
Ever wondered why natives always use the word “get”? Have you never been able to decode the word? Well, here in this article we have a complete insider’s guide from a native, detailing the 5 main rules and the reasons as to why we use this strange word for nearly everything in the English language.
Once you’ve learned these 5 basic rules you will have zero problems understanding natives in the future!
1) Get + noun/pronoun = ‘obtain’ or ‘receive’
- My mother got a new car.
- We got a coffee.
- Have you got the keys?
- I got it (the tab).
- I got a bike for my birthday.
- They got some new furniture.
2) Get + adjective = ‘become’
- I’m getting too old for this.
- Put your coat on, you’ll get cold.
- Susana got tired of doing exercise.
- The pain is getting worse.
- I got angry yesterday.
- Why are you getting tired?
3) Get + past participle = passive meaning
- My car got worked on the other day.
- I got told to leave.
- They got invited to a party.
- We got caught by the police.
- They have got all work done.
4) Get + gerund (verb+ing) = ‘starting’
- They got moving to a new location.
- He got him talking over the problem.
- I’m done with this meeting, let’s get moving.
- He got the air-conditioner working.
- She got explaining the issue.
5) Get + to + infinitive = ‘to have an opportunity’
- I’m lucky I get to live abroad, very lucky indeed.
- I got to travel to the UK last year.
- They got to see their parents every day.
- When I was younger I got to play the piano.
- She never got to see me for my birthday.
Modal auxiliary verbs:
- Pronouns: subject, object and possessive
- Question tags
- English conditionals
- Interrogatives in English
- Phrasal verbs
- Prefixes and suffixes
- Reported and direct speech
- Punctuation: apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, commas, dashes, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, and quotation marks
- Numbers: cardinal, ordinal, and Roman numbers
- ‘Get’ vs. ‘go’ and ‘got’ vs. ‘gotten’
- Copular verbs
- Cleft sentences
- Subjunctive in English
- Vulgar and taboo in English
- Split infinitive
- Emphasis with inversion
- Gerunds in English
- To + infinitive
- Bare infinitive
- British and American spelling