The verb to get in English Beginners Course Lesson 25.

Lesson 25


This tutorial is focusing on the verb to get.  To get  can be used in a number of patterns and has a number of meanings.


1/Sentence Practice

It is still raining but he gets on the bus without getting wet.

The bus is full of people returning from a night out in London.

It is getting late and it is nearly midnight when Peter gets to the front door.

In fact, it is exactly twelve o’clock midnight. The chimes of his cuckoo clock in his hallway remind him

He is tired and he goes straight up to bed. He gets into bed but he is thirsty. Indian food is delicious but very salty.

He gets out of bed and goes down to the kitchen to get a glass of water.

That’s better, he quenches his thirst and returns to his bedroom.

This time he has no difficulty getting off to sleep.

The following day he has to get up early because his girlfriend is coming round for Sunday dinner.


2/Vocabulary Practice

  • to get
  • It is still raining.
  • to gets on
  • without
  • to get wet
  • full of
  • a night out
  • it is getting late
  • it is nearly midnight
  • ..gets to
  • the front door
  • it is exactly twelve o’clock midnight
  • the chimes of the cuckoo clock
  • the hallway
  • to remind someone
  • to be tired
  • straight up to bed
  • to get into
  • to be thirsty
  • delicious
  • salty
  • to gets out of
  • to go down
  • the kitchen
  • to get a glass of water
  • that’s better
  • to quench a thirst the
  • bedroom
  • this time
  • difficulty
  • getting off to sleep
  • the following day
  • he has to get up
  • a girlfriend
  • to come round
  • Sunday dinner


Phrasal Verbs with “to get”

What is a phrasal verb?

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic phrases which consist of a verb and another element, either an adverb or a preposition. The combination of both (Verb + preposition or Verb + adverb) create a new unit of meaning called a Phrasal Verb.

  • Get across = to communicate

He found it difficult to get the point across.

The main idea didn’t get across.

  • Get along  = to get on with = to maintain a friendly relationship with someone

They don’t get along.

We get on so well with each other.

  • Get around = to become known = to spread

News gets around quickly here!

It will be impossible to get around it. We have to tell her.

  • Get at = to reach OR = to suggest something indirectly

It’s too far for me to get at.

What exactly are you getting at?

  • Get away = to go away from someone or something

Get away from the road!

Let’s get away for the weekend!

  • Get down = to cause someone to feel depressed

This dreadful weather is getting me down.

It got me down for a while.

  • Get down to = to start to work on = to reach the point of dealing with something

Let’s get down to business!

I have to get down to work!

  • Get on = to put yourself on or in something OR = to remind someone to do something = to continue

I got on the bus at eight.

Get on with it! We don’t have all day.

  • Get out of = to avoid something

It will be difficult to get out of this situation.

Get out of the car!

  • Get over = to recover from something = to overcome something

Did she get over the break-up?

He can’t get over his shyness.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Do you get along with your sister?

Yes, we get along fine.

Do you get around quickly on your motorcycle?

Yes I do, thank you.

And can you pass me the box?

No I can’t, it is too difficult to get at.

Let’s get away for the weekend!

Yes, let’s get away.

Are you going to get down to work soon?

Yes, I will start immediately.

I don’t want to go to Robert’s for dinner . Can’t we get out of it?

No we can’t get out of it, we promised Robert.

Did you get up early today?

Yes I got up at 7 o’clock.

Is it getting late?

Yes it is getting late, it is 12 o’clock.

Did you get on the bus?

Yes I got on the bus.

Did you have difficulty getting off to sleep?

No, I did not have difficulty getting off to sleep.

Exercises Lesson 25

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice