The problem with *GET*

The verb ‘to get’ is used in many senses in English and confuses many of my intermediate and even advanced students. So here is a list of the top ten uses of ‘get’ with simple explanations and example sentences. (these are not all the meanings of ‘get’, and I have excluded Phrasal Verbs with ‘get’)


Sense 1
get = acquire — (come into the possession of something; “She got a lot of paintings from her uncle”; “They got a new pet”; “Get your results the next day”)

Sense 2
get = become — (to change into a state; “He got annoyed when he heard the bad news”; “It must be getting more serious”; Get going!”)

Sense 3
get = receive — (receive something; “I got some clothes for Christmas.”; “His movie got a good review”; “I got some books from my girlfriend.”)

Sense 4
get = arrive — (reach a destination; “She got home at 7 o’clock”; “She didn’t get to Chicago until after midnight”)

Sense 5
get = bring, fetch — (go and bring or take back; “Get me those books over there, please”; “Could you get the wine?”)

Sense 6
get= experience, undergo — (of mental or physical states or experiences; “He got an idea”; “She gets vertigo when she looks out the window.”; “They get nauseous when they drive.”)

Sense 7
get = make, score — (achieve a point or goal; “Nicklaus got a 70”; “The Brazilian team got 4 goals”; “She got 29 points that day”)

Sense 8
get = contract, take — (be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; “He got AIDS”; “She got pneumonia”; “She got a cold from Tom.”)

Sense 9
get = induce, stimulate, cause, make someone do — (cause to do; cause to act in a certain way; “My children finally got me to buy a computer”; “My wife got me to pay attention to the speaker.”)

Sense 10
get = pay back — (take vengeance on or get even; “We’ll get them!”; “That’ll get him good!”; “This time I got him”)

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