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  • Get – different meanings

    Exercise 1

    Match the two halves of the following sentences.

    1 In the sales, I got a really good

    2 They insulted him and he got

    3 I don't get

    4 Look at your car! You really need to get

    5 What time are we going to get

    6 It’s very late. We need to get

    7 I’m thirsty. Please can you get

    8 Something’s wrong with this CD. I can’t get

    9 Yesterday I went to the police because I got

    10 It's depressing. I didn't get


     

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

    Obtain

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

    Receive

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

    Buy

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

    Bring

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

    Catch

    • 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. 
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