Phrasal verbs with “get”

Phrasal verbs take a while to learn, but if you can use them in conversation it makes you sound much more like a native

We use them a lot, and often replace singular verbs with a phrasal verb instead. It’s a pain because you have to “unlearn” some verbs and replace them with a phrasal verb. See this example:  

The verb “enter” isn’t used a lot in colloquial English, instead we say “get in/come in”. 

It sounds formal to say “enter the car”, it’s much better to say “get in the car”.

There are so many phrasal verbs with get, we’re going to look at some of the most common ones.

Tip: remember that phrasal verbs are like a normal verb, we still have to change the tense!

Get on with (someone) means to have a good relationship with someone.

e.g. “I get on with my colleagues, they’re very friendly.”

Get rid of (something) means to throw something away that you don’t want.

e.g. “I’m going to get rid of my TV, I need a new one.”

Get across means to explain an idea clearly.

e.g. “In the meeting I got across what I want to do in the project.”

Get at (someone) means to constantly criticise someone.

e.g. “Stop getting at me, it’s not my fault!”

Get down means to feel depressed or unhappy.

e.g. “The cold weather really gets me down.”

There are many more, so once you get these under your belt you can add some more to your list!

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