The Meanings of “GET” in English

THE VERB “TO GET”

TO GET can be used in a number of patterns and has a number of meanings. Below are the most common:

 

TO GET + DIRECT OBJECT = TO OBTAIN, TO RECEIVE, TO BUY

  • got my passport last week. (to obtain)
  • She got her driving license last week. (to obtain)
  • They got permission to live in Switzerland. (to obtain)
  • got a letter from my friend in Nigeria. (to receive)
  • He gets $1,000 a year from his father. (to receive)
  • She got a new coat from Zappaloni in Rome. (to buy)
  • We got a new television for the sitting room. (to buy)

TO GET + PLACE EXPRESSION = REACH, ARRIVE AT A PLACE

  • How are you getting home tonight?

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