English Lesson: Understanding How To Use Get

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I got a shirt for my birthday!

I got a shirt for my birthday!

Get has several meanings in English. For today’s English lesson, I am going to show you how to use get in a variety of situations.

We use get to mean receive something. When you get something in this meaning, it is because of another person’s action.

  • I got a hat for my birthday.
  • I got several emails this morning.
  • Jack got a phone call from his boss on Sunday.

We also use get to mean obtain/achieve. When you get something in this meaning, it is because of your action or effort.

  • Jack got a new job at the bank.
  • I got the chance to meet the actor after the performance.
  • I need to get more sleep. I’ve been feeling tired recently

Get also has the meaning of become. Here, get shows a change or progression and is usually followed by an adjective.

  • It gets dark earlier and earlier in the fall.
  • As we age, we get older and wiser.
  • A baby elephant gets big very quickly.

We also use get to mean arrive.

  • We can take an early flight and get to Boston by noon.
  • We got to the theater late and missed the movie.
  • I usually get home at 8pm.

Get also has the meaning of go somewhere to pick up or fetch something and come right back.

  • I was watching TV and got a drink during the commercial.
  • Jack gets the kids from school at 3:30pm.
  • Can you get that book from the shelf in the living room for me?

Now it’s your turn. How about trying to write an original sentence using some of the above patterns. Use the comment box below!



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