get + noun, adjective, adverb particle or preposition

Get is a very common word in spoken English. It is usually informal, and structures with get are not so common in writing.
Get has different meanings — it depends what kind of word comes after it.

  • get + noun/pronoun
  • Before a noun or pronoun, get usually means ‘receive’, ‘fetch’, ‘obtain’ or something similar.

      I got a letter from Lucy this morning.
      Can you come and get me from the station when I arrive?
      I ‘m going out to get some bread For the structure I have got .
  • get + adjective
  • Before an adjective, get usually means ‘become’.

      As you get old your memory gets worse. My feet are getting cold.
      We can use [get + object + adjective] ( = ‘make something become
      I can’t get my hands warm
      We must get the house clean before Mother arrives.
      For go + adjective (go green, go blind etc),
  • get + adverb particle or preposition
    Before an adverb particle (like up, away, out) or a preposition, get nearly always refers to a movement.
      I often get up at five o ‘clock.
      I went to see him, but he told me to get out Would you mind getting off my foot?
      We can use the structure with an object, to talk about making somebody/ something move.
      You can’t get her out of the bathroom in the morning.
      Would you mind getting your papers off my desk?
      Have you ever tried to get toothpaste back into the tube?
      For structures with [get(+ object) + verb]