Really Useful Words – ‘Get’

To get is a very commonly-used and useful verb in English and it has got many different uses and meanings. 

Here are some common examples:
1. to receive – Did you get my email?

2. to obtain – Where did you get this information?


3. to become – I’m getting tired.
4. to arrive – What time did you get home?
5. to catch – Let’s get the next bus.
6. to buy – We got a new television for the sitting room.
7. to give, to serve – Can I get you a drink?
8. to bring, to take – I’ll get you there on time.
9. to understand – I didn’t get what you just said.

10. Passive – to have something done – John got his hair cut. (He had his hair cut by a barber)

What about these uses of ‘get’? Are they the same as the ones above or different?

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Watch the video to hear some of the most common uses of ‘get’.


A phrasal verb is a verb that is made up of a main verb together with an adverb or a preposition, or both. Typically, their meaning is not obvious from the meanings of the individual words themselves.

Phrasal verbs are one of the most difficult things for language students to learn. And there are a lot of them! Including quite a few with ‘get’.

Some phrasal verbs are more common and more useful than others. Watch the video to hear some of the most-used phrasal verbs with ‘get’. 


And, finally, check your knowledge of the uses of ‘get’ in our little quiz. You’ll even get a certificate at the end.


Are there any similar verbs to get in your language that have lots of different meanings? What words or expressions do you find most difficult to learn in English?

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