Using get

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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.

Get can have two objects.

Get + adjective

When get is followed by an adjective, it usually means become.

The structure get + object + adjective is also possible. It usually describes situations where we want someone else to do something for us.

Get + adverb particle/preposition

Before an adverb particle or a preposition, get almost always refers to a movement of some kind.

With an object, the structure usually means make somebody or something move.

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.

The structure get + object + past participle often has a passive meaning. It usually means arrange for something to be done by somebody else.

This structure may also describe situations where something is done to us.

With a time expression, this structure refers to the completion of an activity.

Sections in this article

Get with nouns and pronouns
Get with adjectives and past participles
Get with infinitives and -ing forms
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