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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.

Five useful phrasal verbs

to look forward : to anticipate something with pleasure.

to get along with (or to get on with): to have a good relationship with somebody

to put up with: to tolerate something unpleasant

to give something up: to stop doing something, to abandon something (because it was too difficult)

to put off: to push back in time/postpone

Phrasal verbs (Germanic) and intellectual words (French – Latin)

English vocabulary is a mixture of simple verb-preposition phrases and more intellectual Latin words. French speakers can easily recognise Latin words, and use them in their conversations. But the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ way of saying things is more difficult. Remember that generally, short word combinations are more informal and friendly, and that if you use only words of latin origin, you may give the impression of being a little ‘pompous’ or ‘pretentious’!

Try to find the Latin word that has a similar meaning to each of the phrasal verbs given.
1
set up              conduct/perform
carry out       reverse
get better      improve/ameliorate
back up          establish
2
drop in (on)     visit
get it                   decelerate
slow down        abandon
give up              comprehend
3
carry on          exclude
carry out        continue
make fun of    ridicule/mock
leave out        perform/conduct
4
look up            calculate
turn down      interrupt
work out         refuse
butt in             consult
5
speed up         penetrate
break into      tolerate
put up with    accelerate
throw up         vomit

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Phrasal Verbs: to make up

Some phrasal verbs have many meanings. ‘To make up’ can be:
1. to invent or story, or say something that is not true.
2. to put on makeup (maquiller)
3. to reconcile – become friends again after an argument

Watch the video for the pronunciation, then choose what the correct meaning of ‘make up’ is in the following sentences:

You don't have to make up,  you always look fantastic!




No I'm not making it up, it really happened...




Actually, I don't know the answer, I just made it up.




The actor's face had been made up so he looked a lot older than he really was.




After a long period of silence, the two countries have now officially made up and are looking forward to a new era of cooperation.






Inseparable verb phrases (phrasal verbs)

Paul gives some examples of inseparable verb phrases. If it’s inseparable, that means that it is not possible to divide the verb and the preposition and put the subject in the middle.

In the video, we have an example:

the teacher went over the assignment (le prof a traité / a vu le devoir)

It is not possible to say *the teacher went the assignment over”