Phrasal Verbs – get

This lesson is the first in two lessons about using the verb ‘to get’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common:

‘to get across’ means to communicate, make people understand.

  • I’m not sure I got that across very well. I don’t think they really understood.
  • He’s an excellent speaker. He can get across even the most complicated ideas.

‘to get away’ means to go on holiday.

  • We had a lovely holiday. We got away for a few days on the beach.
  • I don’t think we can get away until the end of the month. We’re too busy.

‘to get back’ means to return from a trip or a journey.

  • She’s still in Taiwan. She doesn’t get back until next week.
  • I get back on Friday afternoon. I’ll call you then.

‘to get back’ can also mean to have returned something you lent to someone.

  • I lent him some money last year and I never got it back.
  • We have only got back fifty percent of the questionnaires we gave out.

‘to get back to’ = to speak again with someone or to return a phone call

  • When I have more information, I’ll get back to you.
  • He got back to me yesterday afternoon with his answer.

‘to get by’ means to just have enough money or to just manage financially

  • At the end of the month, I have no money left. It is difficult to get by on my salary.
  • If we are careful, we can get by on less than $20 a day.

‘to get down to’ means to start some work or a task

  • If everybody is here, let’s get down to business.
  • I didn’t start it until the last moment. I just couldn’t get down to it.

‘to get in’ means to arrive home or at the office

  • I’m really tired this morning. I didn’t get in until after midnight last night.
  • He’s always the last to arrive. He never gets in before 9.30.

‘to get in’ can also mean to enter

  • He opened the door so I could get in the car.
  • You need to have some photo id to get in the company.

‘to get off’ means to leave a bus, train or plane

  • Take the 23 bus and get off at the last stop. I live very near there.
  • To go to the National Gallery, take the underground and get off at Trafalgar Square.


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