English Lesson: Using “Get”

Michael Uncategorized 6 Comments

I get a lot of emails every day, and some of them are junk mail. I am tired of getting junk mail, aren’t you? I get bothered by spam, and there is so much you can get a headache from it! I want to get some software that will catch the junk emails before they come to my computer. I just don’t get why people send such junk mail. What do they hope to get by doing so?

Get is an interesting word in English. Get has many different uses and meanings. Do you know how to use get? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check out today’s lesson:

In its most common use, get means receive:

  • I get a lot of emails every day.
  • Jane got a new iPod for her birthday.
  • Did you get my text message?

Get can also mean obtain, especially when we talk about health:

  • I got a headache from working too hard.
  • Jane got the flu last year.

When we combine get+adjective, it means “become,” and you can also use get+object+adjective:

  • I get happy every time I see you!
  • As you get old, it becomes important to take care of your health.
  • Did you get Johnny ready for school?
  • I can’t get the dog quiet. Can you help me?

We also use get+PP to talk about something we do ourselves, like this:

  • Brad got married last October.
  • Becky always gets lost in Manhattan.
  • I got dressed in a hurry and forgot to put on my belt.

When we ask someone to do something for us, we can use get+[thing]+PP like this:

  • I always get my hair cut at the same barber.
  • Mom needs to get her car serviced today.
  • Did you get your watch fixed yet?

Note the difference between these two sentences:    

  • I cut my hair. This means I did the cutting myself.
  • I got my hair cut. This means, I asked someone to do the cutting for me)

I think you got a lot of information here today. I hope it was helpful. I’m going to get a cup of coffee now and relax. What are you going to do?



Comments 6

  1. I’ve been wondering if there is a difference between “I got a hair cut” and “I had a hair cut”.
    And if I say “I got a headache yesterday.” it implies I usually don’t have a headache. Is that right?

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      Hi Chie. “Get a haircut” and “have a haircut” have the same meaning.
      Generally if you say “I got a headache yesterday.” it implies you do not have a headache today, unless you say, “I have had a headache since yesterday.” Please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas for a one-point lesson.

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  2. Great Michael.
    How I can classify, considering the explanation above:
    “We didn’t get to london until midnight” and is the same thing to say: “We didn’t arrive in London until midnight” ?
    thank for help!!

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