Using get

Get is used in a number of patterns and has a number of meanings. Get can be followed by a direct object. In this case, it means obtain, receive or buy.

  • I got the parcel yesterday. (= I received the parcel yesterday.)
  • I am hoping to get a raise this year.
  • I must get something to drink.

When get is followed by a place preposition, it means reach or arrive at a place.

  • I got home at 8 o’clock. (= I reached home at 8 o’clock.)
  • What time will you get there?
  • We got to New York around 6 o’clock.

Get can be followed by an adjective and then it means become. This structure is also used to show a change of state.

  • I am getting old. (= I am becoming old.)
  • Suddenly she got angry.

Get is used in a number of phrasal verbs. As you know, phrasal verbs are two-word verbs made up of a verb and a preposition or adverb particle.

Here is a list of some common phrasal verbs using the word get.

Get away with

To get away with is to escape punishment.

  • She cheated on the exam but couldn’t get away with it. (= She was punished.)

Get by

To get by is to live on very little money.

  • They get by on half a dollar every day.
  • Now that John has lost his job, his family is struggling to get by.

Get down

Get down means ‘descend or depress’.

  • She got down at the next station.

Get along

When people or animals get along they are amiable with one another.

  • I have two dogs, but they just don’t get along.