Get is a common word in English. Its meaning depends on the kind of word that comes after it.
Get + noun/pronoun (object)
When get is followed by a direct object, it usually means receive, fetch, obtain, earn or something similar.
- I have got an invitation to their party.
- I will buy a car if I get my rise.
Get can have two objects.
- Can you get me a coffee?
- Let me get you a drink.
Get + adjective
When get is followed by an adjective, it usually means become.
- Get ready to leave in five seconds.
- When I get nervous, I get angry.
The structure get + object + adjective is also possible. It usually describes situations where we want someone else to do something for us.
- Can you get the children ready for school?
Get + adverb particle/preposition
Before an adverb particle or a preposition, get almost always refers to a movement of some kind.
- I often get up at seven o clock.
With an object, the structure usually means make somebody or something move.
- Can you get the children to bed?
- I have got the doctor to call tomorrow.
Get + Past Participle
Get can be used with a past participle. This structure is often used to talk about things that we do to ourselves. Common expressions are get married, get divorced, get engaged, get lost, get dressed etc.
- They are getting married in May.
- I never get interviewed.
- Get dressed in five minutes.
The structure get + object + past participle often has a passive meaning. It usually means arrange for something to be done by somebody else.
- We are getting the house painted.
- I must get my hair cut.
- We must get the roof repaired before monsoon sets in.
This structure may also describe situations where something is done to us.
- I got my car stolen last night.
- They got their roof blown off in the storm.
With a time expression, this structure refers to the completion of an activity.
- You must get the job done before lunchtime.
- Get those orders placed as soon as possible.
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