The verb “to get” is one of those verbs that has so. many. uses.
Let’s break down two of the basic uses in this first lesson in my three-part series. (The written version of the lesson is below the video.)
get + noun (direct object)
When paired with a direct object — a noun or a pronoun — “get” usually means “receive,” “catch,” “obtain,” or “fetch.” Here are some examples:
- I got a message from my boss this morning. (“received”)
- Will you come and get me after my doctor’s appointment? (“fetch,” “pick up”)
- I get a cramp when I jog for too long. (“receive”)
- I got a promotion at work. (“received,” “obtained”)
Sometimes there are other meanings of “get + noun” that are fixed expressions:
- I don’t get it. (“I don’t understand.” “To get [it]” means to understand something.)
- I got it. (This can mean either “I understand,” or signal to other people that you can manage a situation. For example, saying, “I got it!” and raising your hand after the teacher asks a question means that you can answer the question.)
- I’ll get you for this! (“I will punish or hurt you.” Think of “I’ll get you, my pretty!” from the Wizard of Oz.)
get + adjective
When it comes before an adjective, “get” often means “become.”
- My eyesight gets worse every year!
- Would you close the window? It’s getting cold.
When you have “get + object + adjective,” it means to “make somebody / something become…”
- Can you get her ready for school? (=Can you make her be[come] ready for school?)
- I can’t get my feet warm! (=I can’t make my feet become warm!)
- Let’s try and get the house clean before the party. (=Let’s try and make the house become clean…)
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week with a lesson on “get + adverb / preposition” and “get + past participle.”
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