How to use the verb ‘GET’ in English | Where to use the verb ‘GET’?

Get verb is a very common verb to use in English, specially when it comes to spoken conversations, since get is mostly using casual or informal English. This verb is regular, but the most interesting thing about it is that it has two different forms.

In British English we say

Get – Got – Got

In American English we say

Get – Got – Gotten

You hear the verb to get so often in English in both British and American one, because we use it as an informal synonym for many other verbs which are more formal or specific words.

So let’s have a look today at some of the most common uses for the verb to get.

Get = Become:

We can use to get meaning to become. Remember that the verb become involves a process of change or evolution.

For example

  • Your English wasn’t very good before, but your English is better now.
  • Your English is becoming better day by day.

There’s been a process of evolution or change in your English.

To say the same thing, but in more casual or relaxed English, we can use the verb to get and say-

  • Your English is getting better day by day.
  • Let’s go home, it’s getting dark.
  • After walking in the water, my shoes got wet.
  • I have a few gray hairs, I think I’m getting old.

Get = Buy:

Another very common meaning for the verb to get is to buy.

For example:

  • I love your top, where did you buy it?
    I love your top, where did you get it?
  • Can I buy you a coffee?
    Can I get you a coffee?
  • I’m going to the shop to buy some dresses,
    I’m going to the shop to get some dresses.
  • I’ve just bought a beautiful dress.
    I’ve just got a beautiful dress.

Get = Arrive:

We can also use the verb to get meaning to arrive.

For example:

  • What time did you arrive home tonight?
    What time did you get home tonight?
  • As soon as possible you arrive at the office.
    As soon as possible you get to the office.
  • I don’t know your home, how can I arrive there?
    I don’t know your home, how can I get there?
  • How long will it take you to arrived school?
    How long will it take you to get school?

Get = Receive or Obtain:

Another use for the verb to get is the one of to receive or to obtain.

For example:

  • Did you receive my message?
    Did you get my message?
  • I obtained a certificate when I finished my study.
    I got a certificate when I finished my course.
  • We always receive presents for Christmas.
    We always get presents for Christmas.

Get = Bring:

To get can also mean to bring.

For example:

  • Can you please bring me a towel?
    Can you please get me a towel?
  • Can you bring me the shirt?
    Can you get me the shirt?
  • You can bring to drink.
    You can get to drink.
  • If you go to the long drive, you must remember to bring your license.
    If you go to the long drive, you must remember to get your license.

Get = Understand:

Last situation in which we use the verb to get, is the one with the meaning of to understand.

For example:

  • Imagine teacher teach you a poem and you didn’t understand the poem. You can say, I didn’t understand the poem.
    I didn’t get the poem.
  • I don’t understand why people do that.
    I don’t get why people do that.
  • Did you understand all the uses that the verb get?
    Did you get all the uses that the verb get?

So today’s lesson has been about the verb to get and some of the many meanings that it can have, including to become, to buy, to arrive, to receive, or obtain, to bring, and to understand. I hope you understand how to use Get properly in English, if you have any problem about uses of Get you can comment below.

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