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!»