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Jen’s English Tip’s – Get is a hard-working Verb

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Get is a hard-working verb that is very common in spoken English.

There are many meanings and uses of this verb, as you can see from the examples listed on this page.

Receive Did you get a present from your colleagues for your birthday?

Receive TV/radio You can’t get the BBC player TV programs in Germany.

Receive a mark/grade Guess what! I got an A in my physics test!

Contract an illness She got a cold on the flight back from Australia.

Earn A friend of my daughter gets $8 an hour for her work.

Pay for Wait a second! I’ll get these drinks.

Fetch/Pick up I have to get the children from school at half past three.

To be given a prison sentence The two men got eight years for armed robbery.

Persuade We couldn’t get her to come to the cinema with us.

Pay someone else to do something I need to get my eyes tested.

Start We got talking at Heathrow, waiting for a plane that had been delayed.

Have an opportunity It’s a shame that we never get to have a quiet evening at home.

Arrive somewhere By the time we got to London, the shops had all closed.

Reach a point It was really sad lose after getting so far in the competition.

Travel by train/bus/taxi Shall we get a taxi to the airport, or take the train?

Enter I can get on the bus at Bruntsfield Avenue, can’t I?

Make something/someone move I need to get this desk into the other room.

Prepare a meal I must go home and get dinner for the children.

Answer a call There’s someone at the door. Can you get it?

Hit and harm Look at my arm! A wasp got me!

Become You’ll soon get bored with your new job.

Make somebody become … Don’t get grandma confused!

Understand He’s always telling jokes, but I never get them.

Annoy What really gets me is having to work on Saturday.

Draw attention to something Get this! The capital of California is Sacramento.

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