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VOCABULARY BOOST: THE USE OF GET

There are several key words in the English language that we have taken a closer look at in this blog to help language learners perfect their knowledge of vocabulary use. The first edition of this is with the use of GET.

THE USE OF GET IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

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GET CAN BE A CONFUSING VERB. YOU NEED TO REALISE THAT IT IS USED IN DIFFERENT WAYS. IT CAN BE A SYNONYM FOR RECEIVE, TAKE, OBTAIN, EXPERIENCE, SUFFER, DEVELOP, COLLECT. ALSO WHEN IT IS USED AS GET + ADJECTIVE, IT MEANS TO BECOME SOMETHING. THERE ARE ALSO MANY PHRASAL VERBS.

 

RECEIVE

I got a present yesterday

I usually get 5 emails per day

I am going to get a letter from the bank soon

 

TAKE

I get the bus every day

I need to get a taxi or I´ll be late

Could you get my bag for me?

 

OBTAIN

I got a 10 on my English test

I never get presents from my parents

He got the job because he was the best candidate

 

EXPERIENCE (something bad)

I got a pain in my left arm; it could have been a heart attack so I went to the hospital

I got a muscle ache from doing exercise

 

SUFFER

I got ill last week

I hate getting into problems at work

 

DEVELOP

I think I am getting too tired because of stress

I won´t ever get diabetes because nobody in my family has it

 

COLLECT

Can you get the kids from school?

I´m going to get something to eat from the canteen

 

REACH/ARRIVE AT

I never get home until after 10pm

When will we get to the next train station, I´m bored of travelling?

 

GET + ADJECTIVE = become something

I am getting ill = me estoy poniendo malo

I am getting bored = estoy aburriendome

I got tired last night = anoche me cansé

 

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PHRASAL VERBS

Get over – (recorver from) I am getting over the shock of last week

Get on with – (have a good relationship) I get on with my business partner

Get out – (avoid doing something) I must get out of the meeting on Friday evening

Get away with – (not be punished) At school he got away with not doing the assignment

Get away – (escape) The thieves got away without a problem as the policeman was slow

Get into – (start liking) I got into languages about 8 years ago

Get back – (return) We hot back to the house at about 8pm

Get by – (survive with the minimum) I can get by in German and Japanese

Get together – (gather) Let´s get together to have a beer next week

Get through – (pass) Aston Villa got through to the second round of the cup

Get up – (remove from the bed) We usually get up at around 7 am

Get to – (annoy) My workmates is getting to me with his negative attitude

Get at – (suggest) What I am getting at is that we need to save more money for our holiday

Get ahead – (obtain an advantage) To get ahead at work nowadays, you need a degree

Get rid of – (sell/throw out) We need to get rid of some furniture, the house is too full

Get on – (mount) You should get on the number 4 bus and get off near the city centre

Get off – (remove oneself) Let´s get off the bus a stop early to take a walk

Get around – (move from place to place) I tend to get around my city by bus

Get along with – (have a good relationship) My step mother and I get along (with each other)

 

GET AS PART OF THE CAUSATIVE = PAY OR ASK SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING

I got my hair cut yesterday (at the hairdressers)

You got your car fixed at the garage (by the mechanic)

She will get her exam recorrected by another tutor as she isn´t happy with the way it has been graded.

 

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The key to using GET is to practice at home using the 4 core skills for language use: speaking, reading, writing and listening.

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THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SIMILAR WORDS: FOR, (SINCE) AND DURING

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SIMILAR WORDS: AS VERSUS LIKE

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