Phrases with get and when to use them

Phrases with get and when to use them

by Adriana Stein

Updated October 7, 2020

Get is basically the most common verb in the English language. Native English speakers often use get phrases in place of more formal phrases in daily conversations. So the more you integrate get phrases into the way you speak and write when you’re learning English, the sooner you’ll start to sound like a native speaker.

Examples of phrases with get and when to use them

While this list is by no means exhaustive, it will most certainly bring you a huge step forward for advancing your English skills. Below are a list of common phrases with get and related example sentences for context.

Get + adjective

Get + adjective Example sentence
Get angry The bull gets angry when it sees red.
Get hot I get hot when the temperature is above 30 degrees.
Get lost I got lost when I travelled to London.
Get hungry I got hungry when I smelled the cookies baking.
Get dark It gets dark when the sun goes down.
Get dirty Their shoes got dirty when they played in the mud.
Get hurt He got hurt when they had a fight.
Get bored I got bored with playing the game.
Get rich She got rich when she won the lottery.
Get confused He got confused when he looked at the map.
Get married They got married 6 months after their engagement.
Get divorced The couple was unhappy so they got divorced.
Get excited I get excited when I know I’ll be on holiday soon.
Get nervous She got nervous before she gave the presentation.
Get dressed I get dressed before I go to work.


Get + comparative

Get + comparative Example sentence
Get better I got better when I took some medicine.
Get worse I got worse when I stood in the cold.
Get deeper The water gets deeper when you swim further out.
Get more important It’s getting more important to learn English.
Get more expensive It has gotten more expensive to buy a car lately.
Get safer It has gotten safer to buy things online.


Get + a place (to arrive)

Get + a place (to arrive) Example sentence
Get there I want to get there before nightfall.
Get home I got home after taking the bus.
Get to the store They got to the store and went shopping.
Get to the bus When she got to the bus stop, she realized she forgot her keys.
Get to work My manager gets to work at 8am every day.
Get to school They got to school just before the bell rang.


Get (buy/obtain)

Get (buy/obtain) Example sentence
Get a job I got a new job last week.
Get a dress I got this dress at the mall.
Get a flat We finally got a flat after searching for months.
Get a puppy He got a new puppy from the shelter.


Get (receive)

Get (receive) Example sentence
Get an email I got an email that my appointment was rescheduled.
Get an award She got an award for her good grades.
Get a package They got a package from the postman.
Get a present I got a present for my birthday.
Get a phone call The businessman got a phone call from his client.


Get + preposition (phrasal verbs)

Get + preposition (phrasal verbs) Example sentence
Get up I get up at 7am every day.
Get back He needs to get back to the office after lunch.
Get through You’ll get through it in time.
Get along The siblings never got along.
Get over He wanted to get over his difficult past.
Get away We went on holiday to get away for awhile.
Get out You need to get out of the house and take a break.
Get at I don’t understand what you’re getting at.
Get by We don’t have enough money to get by this month.
Get off She needs to get off the train at the next station.


Get collocations

Get collocations Example sentence
Get permission The students need to get permission to go on the field trip.
Get a degree He got a degree in Chemistry.
Get the impression I’m getting the impression that you don’t understand me.
Get a haircut She got a new haircut.
Get a tan He got a tan at the beach.
Get nowhere We’re getting nowhere with these failed results.
Get help His friend recommended that he needed to get help.
Get the sack The lazy employee got the sack from his manager.
Get used to You’ll get used to speaking English over time.
Get started We’ll get started with the project next week.


So, there you have it. Now you just need to put the theory into practise and start using these phrases with get.

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