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The different uses of the verb get

The different uses of the verb 'get'.

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Get + noun: get an email, get a job, get a new TV, get the train, etc. (=receive, obtain, buy, bring, take)

  • We get lots of emails every day. 
  • My son got his driving license last week. 
  • Did you get a present for Tommy’s birthday?
  • ‘How did you go to Pam’s house?’ ‘I got a train.’ 

Get + adjective: get married, get hungry, get old, get tired, etc. (=start to be married/hungry/old/etc.)

  • Why did you get angry?
  • It‘s getting dark.
  • When did they get married?
  • After breakfast, I have a shower and get dressed.

Get to + place (=arrive)

  • What time did you get to the hospital?
  • She gets to work at 8.
  • It was difficult to get here
  • Do you usually get home late?

Note that we say get here, get there and get home (WITHOUT to).