Get is quite possibly the most difficult aspect to the English language. The reason is, while it has dozens of colloquial uses in the form of phrasal verbs like: get down, get together, and get along. Another reason is that we also use get to replace other verbs like: acquire, receive, become and provoke.
“I get paid on Friday” or “I get my paycheck on Friday.”
- To get paid – get + adjective
- To get my paycheck – receive + noun
So, with this in mind, we can use get when speaking about feelings: get nervous, get excited, get scared. We also use get when we talk about receiving a thing: get a letter in the mail, get a raise at work, get lunch with a friend.
But there are a few other contexts that GET might replace another verb. Let’s take a look.
To acquire or receive something – “I got the best birthday present this year.” “I got an email from Sarah today.”
To become (feeling!) – “I got annoyed with all the loud noise.” “I always get car sick on long drives.”
To arrive – “What time did you get home last night?”
To fetch – “Would you please get my purse for me? It is by the front door.”
To understand – “I didn’t get the joke.”
Finally, the most difficult part is understanding the context.
If I say, “Did you get it?” It could be referring to a thing, like, “Did you get the job?” Or in another context, it could be referring to a joke that you didn’t understand. So context is key!
Then of course we have our phrasal verbs. Here are few of the ones we use the most.
More literal meaning: Get on/off/ – the bus, the plane. “We got on the bus at 10:00 A.M.”
Get over – to overcome. “My sister is angry with me for forgetting her birthday but she will get over it.”
Get along – to have a friend relationship with someone. “I get along really well with Vanessa.”
Get through – to endure something, usually difficult. “This year has been difficult, but we will get through it.”
Get off – to have the audacity to do something. “Where do you get off calling me a bitch?!”
Get together – to have an intimate meeting. “The whole family got together for dinner tonight.”
Get back together – to have a reunion – “Did you hear? Susan and Matt are getting back together!”