I Get: uses and expressions
Get is an informal word, so it is more common in spoken English than written English. It has many meanings. Here are some of the basic ones.
I got a letter this morning.
You get a certificate at the end of the course.
She’s trying to get a new job.
Where did you get those shoes?
It gets dark very early at this time of year.
My hands are getting cold.
When did you get here?
I’ll phone when I get home.
Could you get the books from the cupboard?
She went to get the children from school.
‘Get’ + past participle
We sometimes use the more informal ‘get’ + past participle:
get married ( get divorced
get dressed (= dress) get undressed (= undress) get changed (= change clothes) ge^tost (= lose one’s way)
C Common collocations
She got married in France.
They got divorced last year. (= the marriage has ended officially)
I got dressed quickly and went out.
He got undressed and got into bed.
When I got home I went to my room and got changed.
I got lost on my way to the station.
Get is so common with certain words (often describing a change of state) that it is a good idea to learn them as expressions.
It’s getting hot/cold I’m getting hot/cold
busy ready (= preparing)
Note: The expression getting better at something can describe an improvement in your ability to do something, e.g. I’m getting better at English/swimming; it also describes an improvement in your health, e.g. She was very ill but she’s getting better now. (^ getting worse)
D Phrasal verbs and special expressions with ‘get’
I get on very well with my sister. (= I have a very good relationship with my sister)
How are you getting on? (a) (= a general question: how is life?)
(b) (= what progress are you making, e.g. with your English?) It’s difficult to get to know people in a foreign country. (= meet people and make friends)
want to get rid of all my old records. (= sell them or throw them away or give them away) My alarm wakes me up at 7 a.m., but I don’t usually get up (= get out of bed) until 7.15.
Bir önceki yazımız olan İngilizce'de 'Make, do, have, take' başlıklı makalemizde do, have ve ingilizce'de 'Make hakkında bilgiler verilmektedir.