When to Use the Verb "Get"?

by Ragini
(new delhi,india)

Where can the word "GET" be used? This seems like a very simple question but there is no simple answer. I wish there were.

The issue with get is that it there are many phrasal verbs and idioms that use the verb "get" and each one has a different meaning.

Do you know what it means to get over someone? After you and your partner separate (break up) it takes you a while to feel ok and not to love them as much as you did...when you no longer have strong feelings for them, you get over them.

What about get off the bus? Or get on the bus? When you exit something that is very large...like a bus or a plane, you get off it. When you enter something large you get on it.

I don't want to overwhelm you with phrasal verbs, but you do need to know that simply knowing when to use "get", is almost impossible. What I suggest is focusing on some phrasal verbs with "get" (the ones that are useful for you) and don't worry about the others until later.

If you are asking simply about the use of the verb (not phrasal verbs or idioms) it simply means "to become". For example over Christmas many people get fat or get stressed. If you don't sleep you get tired. If you drink a lot you get drunk.

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Apr 22, 2010
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by: haidery

I am from Waziristan I do not know grammar very well therefore I want to take help from you.
Hi Haidery. Right now I am not able to answer more questions on the website (because I do not have enough free time). When I have more time (probably in September) I will be opening some of the advice areas. Sorry for the inconvenience but I hope you will explore the rest of the website and discover all of the great free materials that I have to offer. All the best, Diana

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