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).