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LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

 

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The verb GET - Part 1/2

 

 

 

The verb GET is one of the most common verbs in English and can be used in so many different ways that it can be confusing at times. You will find the Part 2/2 of this grammar in Lesson 30 - Page 5.

USE # 1

Get + noun / pronoun can mean receive, bring, fetch, obtain, buy, or catch, and with to + a place it means arrive at / in.

1.

I got an email from Marc today.

2.

If you're going to the bookstore, could you get me this book?

3.

When do you think we'll get to Cancun?

4.

Let's not bother with a taxi – we can get the bus.

USE # 2

We use get + adjective or comparative adjective to mean become.
Now compare be + adjective and get + adjective in these examples:
a. It's dark. It's getting dark.
b. I'm used to the climate in Argentina now. I'm getting used to the climate in Argentina.

1.

We'd better go home. It's getting dark.

2.

I seem to have got forgetful recently.

3.

The traffic gets worse in the city centre every day.

4.

I don't think my sister will ever get used to living on her own.

USE # 3

We can use get + object + infinitive to mean make somebody do something or persuade somebody to do something.

1.

We need to get someone to fix the fridge. It's not working properly.

2.

Could you get Ann to finish the report? I'm too busy to do it.

USE # 4

In informal spoken English we sometimes use get (+ object + past participle) instead of have (+ object + past participle) to say that you ask or pay another person to do something for you.

1.

I'm going to get my hair cut next week.

2.

Tom needs to get his passport renewed – it runs out next month.

USE # 5

We can use get (+ past participle) instead of be to make a passive structure. This is more informal than using be.

1.

Did you know Dan got sacked last week?

2.

My son got caught driving at 150 km/h.

USE # 6

Get can also mean score or achieve a point / goal.

1.

Freddy got 85 marks in our OM Personal FCE examination.

3.

Last Sunday the Argentinian team got 4 goals.

Remember you will find the Part 2/2 of this grammar in Lesson 30 - Page 5.
On the next page you will be able to practise this grammar.

 
 

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