Posted by: Idioma Extra | October 21, 2010

Thursday’s Tidbits

Uses of “get”

The verb ‘to get’ is used in many senses in English and can be confusing at times. Here is a list of some of the uses of ‘to get’ with simple explanations and example sentences. Of course, these are not all the senses of ‘to get’. In fact, there are many phrasal verbs with ‘to get’. This list is meant to give intermediate level learners the main senses of this important verb.

Sense 1
get = acquire — (come into the possession of something; “She got a lot of paintings from her uncle”; “They got a new pet”; “Get your results the next day”)

Sense 2
get = become — (to change into a state; “He got annoyed when he heard the bad news”; “It must be getting more serious”; Get going!”)

Sense 3
get = arrive — (reach a destination; “She got home at 7 o’clock”; “She didn’t get to Chicago until after midnight”)

Sense 4
get = bring, fetch — (go and bring or take back; “Get me those books over there, please”; “Could you get the wine?”)

Sense 5
get = induce, stimulate, cause, make someone do — (cause to do; cause to act in a certain way; “My children finally got me to buy a computer”; “My wife got me to pay attention to the speaker.”)

Check Yourself

Look at the following sentences and write which sense (1-6) is being used next to the sentence.

1. Could you get me a pizza on your way home? ___

2. I got some bad news from my doctor yesterday. __

3. My mother always gets annoyed when I don’t clean my room. __

4. What time do you think you’ll get to the beach? __

5. I can never get my dog to learn any new tricks. __

6. I got a book on how to improve your memory. __

7. I always get nervous before a test. __

8. It is difficult to get children to listen. __

9. I haven’t gotten to that part of the presentation yet. __

10. When do you think you can get me the results? __

Answers from last week’s Check Yourself

Read the following sentences and decide if the italicized word is the correct form or not. If not, write the correct form in the space next to the sentence.

1. You have to choice either the red one or the green one. ___choose__

2. I always take a travel during the month of December. __trip___

3. My vision isn’t as good as it used to be. __correct___

4. Please response to my email ASAP. ___respond___

5. Those twins look exactly alike. I can’t difference between the two. ___differentiate___

6. I have to make some reparations to my house because of the flood. __repairs___

7. They are going to get marriage next year. ___married___

8. She has to expense a lot of energy in order to get in shape. ___expend___

9. It is impossible for humans to breathe under water without equipment. __correct___

10. Many people depend on their believe in god during difficult situations. __belief___


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