How to Use "to Get"
The verb "to get" and how to use it.
I have some problems with the verb to get because it has a lot of meanings...Could you help me to understand this verb more? Thank you a lot. Your website is very fun and important to me.
Hi Cristina,To Get
does have many meanings because it can be used as a phrasal verb (get in, get out, get over etc).
What I'd like to do is explain the basic usage so that you understand that, and then you can explore the phrasal verbs afterwards.
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What does "get" mean?
Generally speaking, you need to know that the meaning of get
depends on the word that follows it.
If it is followed by a direct object like "a beer", "a newspaper" or "a pen" then get simply means to obtain.
Synonyms for get?
receive, obtain, fetch, catch.I got a beer after work.I got a free newspaper.I got a pen from the store.I got a headache.Come and get me from the train station.
"Get" also means "become".If you would like to say that you are growing older or becoming older you could say that "I am getting older". Get can be used to express the process of becoming something.
I'm getting tired of working.As you get old, you start to forget things.I can never get my hands warm; they are always cold.
What do you think Cristina? Does that help explain the meaning and usage of get?
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Cristina, if you like you could write some examples below, using get and I would be more than happy to review them to make sure you are using it correctly.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
- Diana :)