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.)
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 means ‘descend or depress’.
- She got down at the next station.
When people or animals get along they are amiable with one another.
- I have two dogs, but they just don’t get along.