Explanations » B2 Grammar Explanations » Get – different meanings

Get + direct object= obtain, receive, bring, buy, bring, catch


  • He always gets everything he wants. 
  • He got his driving license last week. 


  • I got a letter from John yesterday. 
  • She gets lots of presents from her fans.


  • We need to get a new computer. The old one is broken. 
  • Can you go to the shop to get some milk?


  • Can you get me a couple of glasses from the kitchen?
  • Can I get you a drink?


  • Do you think we’ll have time to get the 7.40 train?
  • I need to get the first flight to Seattle. 


Get to + place = arrive, reach

  • He always gets home very late. 
  • We got to London in the 8 o’clock train. 
  • How long does it take you to get to work?


Get + adjective/past participle= become

Get + adjective

  • I’m getting old.
  • He gets angry very easily. 
  • You should go. It’s getting dark

Get + past participle

  • It’s very late and they are not here. I’m getting worried
  • He gets very tired after every concert. 
  • We got married last year. 


Get in passive voice= be

  • I got caught by the police after jumping a red light. (=was caught)
  • She almost got killed by a drunk driver. (=was killed)
  • His articles are always getting criticised by the press. (=being criticised)


Get something done= have something done

  • We are getting the house painted next week. 
  • You should get your tyres changed


Get someone to do something= make, ask, persuade someone to do something

  • How can parents get their children to read more?
  • I don’t know how to get my partner to do more things around the house.