Vocab: The meanings of "get"

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English Vocabulary The meanings of "get"

Hi Ajarn Ken,

I have seen the word get used so many times in so many ways. Can you tell me how to use the word get properly in English please?

Thank you!

Artur - Mexico

Hi Artur,

Thanks for your email. I hope you are well!

Yes the word "get" is a really useful word in spoken English and one that you should really become used to it as it has no less than 11 different meanings and ways to use.

Here are the meanings with examples of how to use it

  1. BECOME
  2. EARN
  3. REACH
  4. ARRIVE
  5. BUY
  6. RECEIVE
  7. BRING
  8. OBTAIN
  9. TAKE
  10. PERSUADE
  11. HAVE

OK, so how do you use them? - Here are some examples:

  1. WHEN YOU GET (BECOME) HUNGRY, WHAT DO YOU DO ?
    When I become (get) hungry, I eat.
  2. ABOUT HOW MUCH DOES A DOCTOR GET (EARN) A MONTH ?
    A doctor earns (gets) about... a month.
  3. CAN YOU GET (REACH) THAT BOOK WITHOUT STANDING UP ?
    No, I can't reach (get) that book without standing up.
  4. WHAT TIME DO YOU GENERALLY GET (ARRIVE) HOME AFTER EACH LESSON ?
    I generally arrive (get) home at about... after each lesson.
  5. CAN I GET (BUY) CLOTHES FROM A FOOD SHOP?
    No, you can't buy (get) clothes from a food shop.
  6. Yes, I receive (get) some cards from my friends at Christmas time.
  7. I will go and bring (get) you a pen from the next room
  8. We obtain (get) milk from an animal 
  9. I'll take (get) that book from the table and give it to you 
  10. It isn't easy to persuade (get) people to give their money away, but it's difficult
  11. I have (get) my hair cut at the hairdresser's

The verb "get" has other meanings besides the eleven, but its general meaning is "obtain". If you are not sure when to use "get", it is better to use the verb of the same meaning.

For example, instead of saying "How much does a doctor get ? You can say "How much does a doctor earn ?"

Phew!!! I hope this helps!!!

Thank you

Ajarn Ken

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