Learn English phrasal verbs with “get”

Phrasal verbs are very important in English, particularly in spoken conversation. They are often used by native speakers and are a great way to build your vocabulary and improve your fluency.

What are phrasal verbs? Phrasal verbs have a verb and an additional adverb or preposition. Here’s an example of a common phrasal verb used in a sentence:

  • I get up at 6 every morning.

The phrasal verb here is “to get + up”. As you can see, the word “up” completely changes the meaning of the verb “get”.

Here are a few more phrasal verbs with the verb “to get”:

to get around to something: to find the time to start or continue a task

  • I’m sorry. I didn’t get around to sending you the documents this week. I’ll do it on Monday.

to get rid of something: to throw away or donate something you don’t want or need anymore.

  • We should really get rid of these office chairs and buy new ones.

to get on/along with someone: to have a good a good relationship with someone / to understand the person well

  • I’m getting on with my co-workers at my new job.
  • I’ve never really got along with my brother

to get back to someone: to contact someone in response to a request

  • Thanks for the inquiry. I’ll get back to you by the end of the week.

to get across / to get (something) across (to someone)

to get across: to be understood

  • With social media, it’s always easy to get across.

to get something across: to successfully communicate something (to someone)

  • It was easy to get the new concept across (to them).
Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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