UNIT 22
Get: uses and expressions
A
Meanings

Get is an informal word, so it is more common in spoken English than in written English. It has many meanings. Here are some of the basic ones:

receive I got a letter this morning.
You'll get a certificate at the end of the course.
obtain/find [sometimes buy] She's trying to get a new job.
Where did you get those shoes?
become [a change in state] It gets dark very early at this time of year.
My hands are getting cold.
arrive When did you get here?
I'll call when I get home.
bring/take/
pick up

Could you get those books from the shelf?
She went to get the children from school.

B
Get + past participle

We sometimes use get + past participle:

get married [marry] They got married in Canada.
get divorced [divorce] They got divorced last year. [The marriage ended officially.]
get dressed [dress] I got dressed quickly and went out.
get undressed [undress] He got undressed and got into bed.
get lost [lose one's way]

I got lost on my way to the station.

C
Common collocations

Get is so common with certain words that it is a good idea to learn them as expressions.

It's getting hot/cold.
dark/light.
late.
better/worse.
crowded.

I'm getting hot/cold,
tired,
better/worse,
hungry,
ready, [preparing]

Note: The expression getting better sometimes describes an improvement in your health, e.g., She was very ill, but she's getting better now. [=/ getting worse]

D
Phrasal verbs and special expressions with get

I get along very well with my sister. [I have a very good relationship with my
sister.]
It's hard to get to know people in a foreign country, [meet people and make friends]
I want to get rid of all my old CDs. [sell them, throw them away, or give them
away]
My alarm goes off at 7 a.m., but I don't usually get up until 7:15. [get out of bed] I don't get it. [understand] Why would you want to live in a tent?