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So as I told you 10 episodes ago, we are going to start having something related to the verb TO GET every single month. I know that it might be a very common question and that’s why we’re gonna have this verb around. If you can’t remember or haven’t heard the first episode regarding the verb TO GET, check episode number 44 but they are not related so don’t worry about listening to this one right now and the other one later ok?
Today I’d like to bring you guys 5 phrasal verbs using TO GET. Guys, a phrasal verb is nothing more than a verb with a preposition and every time that a preposition changes, the meaning will also change. They are super used in English so have in mind those ones we’re gonna learn today alright? Some tips:
- Take your notebook or laptop and write them down – both words and meaning. Add an example for each one
- Write a composition where you can use all of them. Use your imagination and don’t forget: your story must make sense alright?
- Have some post-its with you. They are super handy. Write one phrasal verb in each small post-it and put them on your computer, wall, desk, car… Somewhere visible. A place where you’ll be looking at every single time for at least a week.
Now let’s check our small list of phrasal verbs:
- Get across
To get across is the same as to communicate / to make someone understand something.
(Especially if the details are too difficult to understand or if the person being explained to understands poorly).
Oh, and one small detail. Whenever you want to explain what you’re getting across (a meaning, example, idea, etc) you’re gonna break the phrasal verb and add what you mean in the middle of it ok?
- Although I couldn’t speak the language, I managed to get my meaning across when necessary.
- Your meaning didn’t really get across.
- He’s not very good at getting his idea across.
- Get along / Get on with means to have a good / friendly relationship with someone.
(and just out of curiosity, get on is used more in British English)
- Even though there are six of them sharing the house, they all get on well with each other.
- He doesn’t get along well with his mother-in-law.
- Our new boss is very easy to get on with.
3) Get away. Here we’ll have 3 meanings. The first one is the same as to go away from someone or something. For instance:
- Get away from me!
- Get away from that cake!
- It was so busy that Francisca couldn’t get away from the phone all day.
The second meaning is kind of easier cause I imagine most of have watched or at least heard of the Tv Show “How to get away with murder” right?. So “to get away with” means to escape from someone who is chasing you.
- They tried to get away from the police but they weren’t quick enough.
And the last meaning, to get away also means to have a holiday.
- We hope to get away for a couple of weeks around Christmas.
4)Get down means to cause someone to be depressed. This one is very common among native speakers.
- This weather is getting me down
- Don’t let these problems get you down too much.
- And the last one: Get out of. And I would like you to pay attention to the pronunciation: TO GET OUT OF – there’s a linking sound here ok? So, get out of means to avoid something
- He always tells his parents he has homework to get out of doing the dishes.
- She was lucky to get out of that dangerous situation.
Get out of also means to physically remove yourself from somewhere or something
- I got out of bed as soon as my alarm went off.
- The police officer told me to get out of the car.
So, how many of them were new to you? Guys, practice always makes perfect so work hard on them even if they are easy for you alright? Next time I’ll bring something different but also related to this verb.
I highly encourage you to learn new phrasal verbs, not only with the verb TO GET but also other ones. There are great books about it and in case you want, I can bring an English Bite suggesting some material. What would you say? Let me know. I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you all.
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