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Phrasal verbs: to GET
"GET" is one of the most generous verbs of the English language. It already has quite a large number of different meanings when used alone, without any preposition or particle added to it:
Besides, it may be built with many different particles, even with several consecutive ones, which gives him quite a great number of different varied meanings. You'll have to learn these expressions, analyse the context and make sure you understand the precise meaning in the precise context.
To get across
To get away
To get away with
To get at something
To get along (US)
To get on (UK)
To get on board
To get around
To get around to doing something
To get someone down= to be depressed
To get down to...
To get on someone's nerves
a) - TO GET ON : TO GET IN : to get on the bus/ to get on the train/ to get on the plane = large closed vehicle=> ON /// To get in a car/ to get in a taxi = Small closed vehicle=> IN.- TO GET ON WITH... (UK)/ TO GET ALONG WITH... (US) = They've always got on wonderfully together.
b) - TO GET ACROSS: make people understand
- Explaining the consequences of the takeover again and again, the manager could get his point across.
c) - TO GET AWAY:
- To get away from someone or something.= to escape/ to flee/ to leave
- Her only desire was to get away from town, far from the sound and fury ...
- get away with it= go unpunished
- Philip cheated, but was caught and couldn't get away with it.
d) - TO GET AT:
- He was too small and couldn't get at the shelf.
- We could understand what Mary was getting at... She wouldn't enter the contest...
e) - TO GET AROUND: to travel/ get around to doing something.
- Paul gets around a lot on business. He's just back from China and is leaving for the United States next week.
- Lucy has finally got around to tidying up her room for fear of being grounded again.
f) - TO GET DOWN/ GET DOWN TO:
- Look at his father, he looks worried; some problems at work are getting him down.
- Stop playing video games, you must now get down to doing your homework.
To get out
To get over
|To get by|
To get up
|To get up to something|
To get through to someone
g) - TO GET OVER:
-You'll have to get over this breakup. You will, with time...
- She has just done a presentation; I'm glad she has finally got over her shyness.
h) - TO GET THROUGH:
- I couldn't get through to her. I'll have to call again tomorrow.
- It may be difficult to get through to teenagers without sounding moralistic...
Grasping the different meanings of the verb GET when enriched by the different particles will give you quite a lot of work... It may be helpful to study the expressions in context, which will make them easier to remember. Come on! I wish you a good work... and give you THE FORCE!
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