Phrasal verbs with GET
This post looks at some of the most common phrasal verbs with ‘get’. A phrasal verb is a phrase that contains a verb + preposition or adverb or preposition and adverb.
Phrasal verbs are used a lot in English and therefore they can be very difficult for learners. Many phrasal verbs usually have a formal equivalent, for example:
After the thief got off the bus he ran towards the town centre.
After the thief alighted from the bus he ran towards the town centre. (formal use)
Phrasal verbs are also difficult for learners because many have more than one meaning.
Finally, you can test yourself at the end of the article with the ‘phrasal verbs with get’ quick quiz.
Get across – to make something understood
‘I have been trying to get across to our manager that many of the staff are very unhappy. He just doesn’t want to listen!’
Get along with somebody – have a good relationship with someone
I’ve always got along with my neighbours. They’ve become good friends.’
Get around – to describe someone who travels a lot
‘Sara went to Germany in May, Japan in October and she’s going to Brazil in December. She really gets around!’
Get around something – find a way of solving a problem or of avoiding something
‘We really need to think of a way of getting around the problem.’
Get around someone – persuade someone to do something
‘I’m going to try and get around my boss to see if she will let me leave work early tonight.’
Get around to doing something – finally doing something after a long time
‘Ali finally got around to fixing the door. She was angry because it had been broken since the winter.’
Get away with something – to do something wrong but no one knows you were the person who did it
The thief thought he had got away with the theft. However, he didn’t know the shop he stole from had cameras. As a consequence the police were able to catch him the next day.
Some phrasal verbs with get have two meanings
Get by – move pass
‘Do you mind moving your chair please so I can get by?’
Get by – survive financially
‘Jack lost his job last year and the family have had to get by on just his wife’s salary. Therefore, life has been very difficult for them.’
Get down – move yourself down from something
‘Get down from that wall! You’ll fall if you’re not careful!’
Get down – become depressed
‘Lana got very down after her boyfriend left her but she soon met someone else and she’s much happier now.’
Get down to – start doing something, usually a job or task
‘Let’s start the meeting. We need to get down to business because we have a lot to do today.’
Get in – a train/plane/bus arrival
‘What time does the London train get in?’
Get in – return home from work
‘I don’t normally get in from work until about 7.30’
Get off – leave a bus/train/tram/plane etc
‘I need to get off at the next stop.’
Some phrasal verbs with get have three meanings
Get on/along with – have a good relationship with someone
‘I didn’t really get on with my sister until we were both adults but now we’re the best of friends.’
Get on – enter a bus/train/tram/plane etc
‘There are so many people waiting for the bus. If we can’t get on this one, we’ll probably have to find a taxi.’
Get on – perform/progress
‘How are you getting on with that report? Is it finished yet?’
Get out of – to make an excuse to avoid doing something or going somewhere
‘I need to think of an excuse. I want to get out of the office party tonight. They are always so boring.’
Get out of – leave a place/vehicle/someone’s life
Get out of my life. I never want to see you again!
Look at that car opposite. I’m sure the person getting out of it is a famous film star!
Get over – recover from something for example: an illness, a bad relationship
‘I think it will probably take him a long time to get over the divorce.’
Get rid of something – throw away or give away something unwanted
‘I’m going to get rid of that old sofa because it’s so old and uncomfortable.’
Get through to somebody – reach someone on the telephone
‘I couldn’t get through to Sara so I don’t know if she’s home this evening or not.’
Get together – meet up with someone or a group of people usually for pleasure
‘We’re all getting together on Friday night for a curry. Do you fancy joining us?’
Get up – to leave your bed after sleeping
‘What time do you usually get up in the morning?’
Get up – stand up from sitting or lying down
The old lady found it difficult to get up out of her chair after her operation. Therefore, she had to wait for someone to help her.
Phrasal verbs with get: Quick quiz (answers at the end)
1: Shall we all ___ ______ on Saturday night. It will be nice to go out for dinner together or something.
2: The criminal ___ ___ ___ his crimes because the police did not have enough evidence to prosecute him.
3: Because Jack had never ___ ___ ___ his neighbours he decided to move to another flat.
4: I must ___ ____ __ painting that wall! It really needs a new coat of paint.
5: I’ve been trying to ___ _____ __ the bank manager all morning but no one is answering the phone.
6: What time did you finally __ __ from work yesterday? It was later than usual.
7: They didn’t want to ___ ___ __ the old armchair but it was too big to fit in their new flat.
8: It took Sara a long time to ___ ___ her divorce but she has met someone else and is happier now.
9: ‘I really don’t want to go the meal tonight. What excuse can I give to ___ ___ __ it?’
10: Students often take a part-time job to help them ___ ___ financially.
Phrasal verbs with get: Quick quiz
1: Shall we all get together on Saturday …
2: The criminal got away with his crimes …
3: Because Jack had never got along with his neighbours …
4: I must get around to painting that …
5: I’ve been trying to get through to the bank manager…
6: What time did you get in from work …
7: They didn’t want to get rid of the old armchair …
8: It took Sara a long time to get over her divorce …
9: What excuse can I give to get out of it …
10: Students often take a part-time job to help them get by financially
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