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How to Use GET – Part One

The first part in a series of videos on how to use “get”. This small but very important verb is used in so many different ways that it can be confusing for learners of English. However, to speak fluently you must be able to use “get”. It doesn’t sound natural if you only use Latinate words like “obtain”, “purchase” “receive” or “arrive”. Native speakers substitute “get” for all of these words as you will discover in these videos.

Using “get” to express change of state

Get is the one of the most common words used in spoken English, and mastering it is one of the keys to speaking fluently.

When used with an adjective or a preposition, Get expresses a change of state – a past situation has changed. Here are some typical examples:

Past — change — Present
I was single — I get married —I am married
j’étais célibataire –je me marie — je suis marié

I was poor — I get rich — I am rich
j’étais pauvre — je m’enrichis — je suis rich

I was thin — I get fat — I am fat
j’étais maigre — Je grossis — je suis gros

I was in bed — I get up — I am up
j’étais au lit — je me leve — je suis debout

Get: un mot difficile

Le mot “get” est partout en anglais. Voici un tuyau pour comprendre mieux ce petit mot pénible: Le sens principale de “get” est “obtenir”, mais si on ajoute une préposition ou un adjectif, on pourrait toujours voir un changement d’état.

Considérez ces exemples:

get up signifie “se lever” – Quel est le changement d’état?

I am in bed -> I get up -> I am up
je suis au lit – je me lève – je suis debout

get married = “se marier”

I am single -> I get married -> I am married
je suis célibataire – je me marie – je suis marié

get fat = “grossir”
I’m slim -> I get fat -> I am fat
Je suis mince – je grossi – je suis gros

get lost = “se perdre”

I know where I am -> I get lost -> I am lost

Je sais où suis-je -> je me perds -> je suis perdu

“I’m sorry I’m late, I got lost on the ringroad”

– “désolé d’être en retard, je me suis perdu sur le périohérique”

La prochaine fois vous voyez le mot “get”, essayer de voir s’il y a un changement d’état. N’étudiez pas toutes les variations de “get” en un seul coup (get up, get down, get by etc), il faut simplement comprendre chaque cas au fur et à mesure.

Get to : be able to (American English)

Here is yet another use of the word ‘get’. Although its use in this context is probably of American origin, British and other natives have adopted it, and you will hear it wherever English is spoken.

Using ‘get’

Note: Paul talks about adjectives and past participles. I would say that most, if not all, past participles can be used as adjectives, so it’s not really necessary to distinguish between the two.

This can be seen if we look at ‘get’ as meaning a change of state or condition:

I was single, then I got married. Now I am married.

I was young, then I got old. Now I am old.

‘I am married’ – ‘married’ is an adjective, from the verb ‘to marry’