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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #118801: Phrasal verbs: to GET
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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.


       - 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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    1. I was trying to the bus when I tripped and fell down.

    2. At the moment I’m dreaming of from it all and lying on a beach in the sun...

    3. I couldn’t understand what he was and he had to be more explicit and explain his conclusion again and again.

    4. I took a lot of vitamins because I couldn’t the flu I had caught after New Year.

    5. It’s difficult to her; she says she’s in love and that the rest doesn’t matter...

    6. I’ve tried very hard, but I really can’t such a tyrant.

    7. If you want to be ready when your friend comes to fetch the kids, you’d better packing for them quickly.

    8. ' What are you , Lucy? Your father said you couldn’t go and you won’t. Full stop!

    9. 'How can I someone who is as stubborn as you are?'

    10. Come on, sleepy head, it’s time to , if not, you’ll be late...

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