Commonly Used Expressions with GET in English

“GET” is a great word in English! It is used in so many different ways...


1. Get + Adjective/Comparative: become, show a change of state

For examples:

  • get angry: Mr. Davis never gets angry at work.
  • get dark: She will leave the school before the day gets dark.
  • get rich: They want to get rich as quickly as possible.
  • get better: They cannot go to Rome until their son gets better of his flue.

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2. Get + Preposition (Phrasal Verb)

For examples:

  • Get to: She gets to work by bus.
  • Get in: My mother gets in the office at 8 a.m.
  • Get through: He gets through his work at 10.
  • Get on: They get on well with her boss.

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3. Get + A Place: Reach/Arrive at a Place

For examples:

  • get home: What time did you get home last night?
  • get to the office: When he got to the office he found a mountain of mail waiting for him.
  • get there: We'll never get there if he doesn't speed up.

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4. Get + Direct Object/Noun: Receive/Buy/Obtain

For examples:

  • get an e-mail: I got an email from Danielle last week.
  • get a present: I got a present for my baby granddaughter in a hurry.
  • get an award: He got an award for bravery.
  • get a job: They had to get a job to supplement the family income.

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5. Get + Past Participle: things that we do to ourselves

For examples:

  • get worried: They get worried too much about their duties.
  • get involved: He got involved in a silly problem.
  • get confused: Miss Taylor gets confused with just a few files.
  • get married: We’re getting married next year.
  • get divorced: Linda got divorced ten years ago, and she hasn’t seen her ex-husband since!

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