5 Useful Phrasal Verbs with “Get”

Level: Intermediate    Reading Time: 7 minutes    Category: Phrasal Verbs

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Do you wish that you could express yourself more fluently in English? Are you tired of not being able to understand native speakers?

If you can only express and understand basic words, it is very hard for you to understand and communicate with native speakers in a natural way.

Phrasal verbs are a great way to increase your English fluency. Native speakers use them all the time to express ourselves in a lot of different ways. You can learn them just like vocabulary.

In today’s lesson there are 5 useful phrasal verbs with get that you can use to express yourself in English. Each phrasal verb comes with a meaning, explanation and example sentences.

Get On:

 

Meaning:

This phrasal verb has a couple of different meanings. 

 

The first meaning is to talk about a good relationship between 2 people or a group of people. To get on with someone means you are friendly with them.

 

The second meaning is to talk about starting a difficult or annoying task. It is something you don’t really want to do, but you can’t delay it any further.

 

You can also use it to tell people to hurry up and do something.

 

Examples:

  • I get on really well with my teacher.
  • Everyone in my office gets on well together.
  • I should really get on with my homework. It’s due in the morning.
  • Get on with it! You are taking too long!

 

Get Over:

 

Meaning:

Once again, this phrasal verb has more than one meaning.

 

One meaning of this phrasal verb is to do an annoying or difficult task that you don’t want to do. Get something over with means to finish something as soon as possible.

 

Another meaning is when you combine it with “can’t”. Can’t get over something means that you can’t believe it is true and you are shocked or upset by it.

 

Finally, you can use this phrasal verb to tell someone to stop being upset about something and move on. If you tell someone to get over something can also imply that the person is being too sensitive about something and has no reason to be upset.

 

Examples:

  • Let’s get this meeting over with.
  • I can’t get over what he said to me last week.
  • It happened but you need to try and get over it.
  • Get over it! It’s not a big deal.

 

 

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Get away:

 

Meaning:

You guessed it! There is more than one meaning for this phrasal verb. Here are some common definitions.

 

We use get away to talk about leaving a place or event. You can tell people to get away from something or someone when you want to make them move away from a place or person. 

 

You can also use this phrasal verb to talk about taking a vacation or holiday. Maybe you can tell people you are going to get away for a while when you plan on taking a trip. This phrasal verb can also be a noun which has the same meaning as a trip.

 

Finally, you can use this phrasal verb to talk about not being caught, criticised or punished for doing something wrong. If you get away with something you didn’t get caught doing that thing.

 

Examples:

  • I can’t wait to get away for the summer. I’m going to Hawaii!
  • We never seem to get away from the office before 8pm these days.
  • The police will make sure he doesn’t get away with what he did to you.
  • Get away from me! Leave me alone!

 

Get Around:

 

Meaning:

Here are some common meanings for get around.

 

The most common meaning for this one is to talk about finally doing a task that you have been delaying for a while. If you get around to something, you finally found enough time to do it.

 

Another common meaning is when you want to try and avoid a problem or rule. If you get around something, the you found a way to avoid being affected by a problem, situation or rule.

 

Examples:

  • I finally got around to organising my books last weekend.
  • Do you think you will get around to cleaning the dishes soon?
  • Is there any way to get around paying the late fees?
  • He got around the traffic jam by taking the train.

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Get Behind:

 

Meaning:

Get behind, just like the other phrasal verbs in this lesson, can be used in a few different ways.

 

The first way is to talk about supporting an idea. If you get behind something then you support that thing and think it is a good idea.

 

You can also use this expression to talk about supporting a team or person. This is very common in sports and politics, for example, people can get behind someone and cheer them on or vote for them.

 

Another way is to talk about being behind schedule. If you get behind on something, then you are not on schedule to finish on time and need to work harder to catch up. This is also true for monthly payments such as rent.

 

Examples:

  • I heard he has really gotten behind on his coursework.
  • I got 3 months behind on my credit card payments last year, but now they are up to date.
  • The home crowd really got behind their team in the second half.
  • Finish early on Fridays? Now there is an idea I can really get behind!

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