Verb to GET

The verb to Get / get / is often used in place of other verbs,
and can mean any of the following:


  • To obtain or acquire something. For example:
    a) He got a lot of toys for his birthday.
    b) They’ve got a new dog.
  • To receive (be given) something. For example:
    a) I got a big surprise the other day.
    b) The play got a good write-up.
  • To achieve (attain a score). For example:
    a) I got a Grade A in the exam.
    b) Our team got five goals in last night’s match.
  • To arrive, (reach a destination). For example:
    a) He gets to work late every morning.
    b) She got home around 9pm.
  • To become (change of state or being). For example:
    a) She gets tired in the evenings.
    b) The problem is getting worse.
  • To bring (fetch or take back). For example:
    a) Please, get me a drink of water.
    b) Will you get the dry cleaning on your way home?
  • To buy (purchase something). For example:
    a) Please will you get some more bread.
    b) Where did you get that dress? It’s lovely.
  • To earn (wages or salary). For example:
    a) A lawyer gets more in a year than I do.
    b) My father got a raise last month.
  • To experience (a state or happening). For example:
    a) My brother gets sick traveling on buses.
    b) She gets loud when she’s angry.
  • To have something done. (Passive Voice). For example:
    a) I’m going to get my hair done tomorrow.
    b)They got their house painted last year.
  • To contract (catch) an illness. For example:
    a) He got a cold from being out in the rain.
    b) She got the measles from the little girl next door.
  • To understand (informal use). For example:
    a) His explanation isn’t very clear, so let me know if you don’t get it.
    b)I don’t get this exercise, will you help me?
  • To answer (respond). For example:
    a) The phone’s ringing, will you get it?
    b) I need to get the door, there’s someone knocking.
  • To move (progress). For example:
    a) Please get a move on, we’re late.
    b) We must get going soon, it’s almost six o’clock.


Remember that we use the verb HAVE to form the Perfect tenses, and in English HAVE and HAVE GOT mean the same, so we can use either.  Also notice in the table below, that for some Past tenses we don’t use the word GOT, we use an alternative verb instead.  In American English however, they tend to use GOTTEN,
which we would consider incorrect.


Affirmative of the Verb to GET

Simple I get I got I will get
Continuous I am getting I was getting I will be getting
Perfect I have got (I have) I had got (I had) I will have got (gotten)
Perfect Continuous I have been getting I had been getting I will have been getting
Conditional I would get I would have got (alternative)
Conditional Continuous I would be getting I would have been getting


Negative of the Verb to GET

Simple I don’t get I didn’t get I won’t get
Continuous I’m not getting I wasn’t getting I won’t be getting
Perfect I haven’t got I hadn’t got I won’t have got (alternative)
Perfect Continuous I haven’t been getting I hadn’t been getting I won’t have been getting
Conditional I wouldn’t get I wouldn’t have got (alternative)
Conditional Continuous I wouldn’t be getting I wouldn’t have been getting


Related Content:

Cambridge Dictionaries On-line

The verb GET is often used in Phrasal Verbs, see Woodward English


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