There are several verbs in English that have widespread uses and lots of meanings. One of them is Get. In a word, we can use it to express almost everything. We can use Get as a main verb alone with various meanings. It also can be used with a variety of prepositions to form phrasal verbs with a vast range of meanings.
Main meanings of Get : When Get is used as a main verb, it means to become, to obtain, to receive, to find, to earn, to take, to catch, to capture, to understand, to communicate with and lots more. Look at the following sentences and conversations :
A : Get has meanings as to become, to show a change of state. Then the structure is get + adjective. See the sentences below :
I am getting old.
The weather is getting cool.
Day by day you are getting smarter.
You are gradually getting intelligent and beautiful.
We are getting late. Let’s hurry.
During the winter, It gets cooler at night with time going by.
Don’t touch the stove until it gets cool.
Get means to receive, to bring, to arrive, to find. Look at the following dialogue :
A : Mr. Kamal, haven’t u gotten (past participle of get) the courier?
B : Yes. I have it just today morning.
A : It’s good. Then please get it to me soon. (here get means bring)
B : Ok. Do not worry. I will get to you as soon as possible. (get means arrive)
A : Well, I have just heard that u are going to get a salary hike. (here get means receive)
B : Yes, it’s true. I am getting it next month. But where did u get this information? (here get means find)
A : um, One of our colleagues, Kamal told me about that.
B : Really! Then he is the culprit (with laughter)
B : Get means to go, arrive or reach (expresses movement and travel). Look at the dialogue :
A : I need to go to Ashulia today. Could u please tell me how to get there?
B : Why not? It’s easy to get there. First, you need to get to Mirpur 10. (here get means to go or travel). Then from there, get an Itihas bus to Ashulia. Every ten minutes, you will get a bus from the service travelling there. Ok
A : Thank u very much. Well, do u know how much time it takes to get there?
B : Well, It may take at least one and a half hours depending on the traffic. Ok
A : That’s not so much. Thanks again.
B : It’s okay. Have a nice journey.
Some other example :
1. How did u get on the bus in so much crowd? ( get means to enter the bus)
2. A hijacker tried to get in my car but failed due to the speed. (here get also means to enter)
C : Get is also used to indicate possession. To this case, it is in the present perfect form with has or have got. This form can indicate that someone has an object, a friend or relative, or even a situation.
A : How many children have u got, Mr. Karim? B : I’ve got just two children, one son and one daughter. Interestingly, they are twins. And what about u?
B : I have also got the same number. But they both are girls.
Other examples :
1. I has got an appointment at three o’clock tomorrow.
2. Have you got any television in your dining space?
3. My private secretary has got a beautiful smile.
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