Contributed by Joseph Smith

 

ONE POINT LESSON: VOCABULARY

 

GET

The word get can be used in many different ways among native English speakers.

 

Sometimes get means to receive.  As in:

  • Bruce will get a promotion next month if he reaches his sales target.
  • Every day, Sally gets a lot of junk mail in her mailbox.

 

Sometimes get means to become.  As in:

  • It will be cold tomorrow morning, but will get very hot as the day progresses.
  • If Tim does not turn in his report by 5pm, his boss gets very angry.

 

Sometimes get means to go, or to arrive.  As in:

  • You can get to the stadium via the number nine bus.
  • We should get to Osaka by nine o'clock.

 

Sometimes get means to buy, or to take into your possession.

  • Tony went to the grocery store to get some milk.
  • I have to go to the embassy and get a new visa.

 

And sometimes get means to have someone do something for you.  As in:

  • I got my hair cut yesterday. (Someone else cut it, after I asked them to.)
  • Today I will go to get my suit cleaned. (Someone else will clean it, after I ask them to.)

 

So remember, get is a very versatile and useful word that can have many different meanings.

 

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