Get seems to be used all the time in spoken English. It has the following basic meanings:
• receive, obtain or buy something, e.g. Please get me a newspaper when you’re in town;
I got a letter from John today; She got top marks in her exam.
• show a change in position – move or be moved, e.g. How are you getting home tonight?
• show a change in state – become or make, e.g. We are all getting older if not wiser.
Get also has a number of other more specific meanings.
– It’s my turn to get dinner tonight, [prepare a meal]
– I don’t get it. Why did he speak like that? [understand]
– His behaviour really gets me at times, [annoy]
The table below shows just some of the phrasal verbs based on get.
Here are some other expressions based on get.
– You seem to have got out of bed on the wrong side today, [be in a bad mood]
– The meeting got off to a good/bad start with JR’s speech, [started well/badly]
– I’m organising a little get-together. I hope you can come, [informal meeting/party]
– When their relationship ended he got rid of everything that reminded him of her. [threw away, destroyed]
– I’m going to get my own back on her somehow, [take my revenge]