When to use GET (Elementary / A2 Level of English)
Get + adjective (meaning to become)
- It’s getting dark. We have to go home now.
- Are you still sick? No, I’m getting better.
- It’s getting late. It’s already 11p.m.
- The children are getting tired. It’s past their bedtime.
- She’s getting married next year.
- She wants to get pregnant.
- It gets very hot in summer in Malta.
Get + nouns (meaning find / bring / buy / fetch / acquire)
- I have to get a new dress for the party. I have nothing to wear!
- He got a new job. He’s very happy now.
- Are you hungry? Let me get you something to eat.
Get + transport
- How do you get to work? I get / take the bus.
- Shall we get a taxi to the airport?
Get to / get there (meaning arrive at)
- How long does it take you to get to the airport? It takes 20 minutes.
- It takes me an hour to get to work in the morning! There’s so much traffic.
- Please call me when you get to London.
- How long did it take you to get there? I got there in 20 minutes.
Get home (arrive home)
- What time do you get home after school?
- When I get home after school, I always take the dog for a walk.
Get back (meaning return)
- When will you get back from your holiday?
- He gets back from work at 6p.m.
Get up (meaning get out of bed)
- What time do you get up in the morning?
- I always get up late.
- Yesterday, I got up very early. It was 5a.m.!
1. Get on (to have a good relationship)
- The children get on very well together they never fight.
- The cat and the dog don’t get on at all with each other.
- Mark is very friendly. He gets on well with most people.
2. Get on (meaning progress, improvement or continue)
- How are you getting on in your new job?
- How did you get on in your football match? We won!
- We don’t have much time. Let’s get on with the meeting.
Get over (to get better / recover)
- How’s John? Has he got over his cold?
- She hasn’t got over the dog running away. She’s still looking for it.