Using Get in Phrasal Verbs – English Language

A phrasal verb is an idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element. This is usually an adverb or a preposition. They are funny little sayings which we use in English all the time. However, they might seem strange and odd to anyone learning our language.

In this post we are going to look at just the word – ‘get’.

If you want a comprehensive list I suggest you visit The English Club – Phrasal Verbs List

Using Set and Get in Phrasal Verbs in the English Language
Using Set and Get in Phrasal Verbs in the English Language (Image Source – ISL Collective)

Get as a phrasal verb

The word ‘get’ is often used with another word to mean all manner of things.

As you can see from this image there are many ways we can use ‘set’.

These are:

Get up – to arise out of bed or stand up, “The tired boy didn’t want to get up this morning.”

Get across – to put your ideas or opinions forward, “They teacher could not get his ideas across to his students.”

Get along – to be friends with someone, “It is difficult to get along with everyone; we are all so different.

Get away – to escape, “The pesky fox gets away each time we try to capture him.”

Get by – to cope and manage your present situation, “When David lost his job he managed to get by with a modest income from a part-time job.”

Get down (to) – to get serious about something, “It was an important meeting so we got down to business straight away.”

Get in – often pertaining to entering a car or carriage, “The children were excited to get in to their parents’ new car.”

Get off – to be happy or to leave a vehicle, “As soon as his bus stop appeared, the man got off the bus.”

Get on – to be friends or start doing something, “I like my friends, we get on together really well.”

Get out – when news is shared, “The tragic news of the school fire soon got out, and everyone came to help put out the fire.”

Get over – to recover from an illness or a problem, “Sunny soon got over the flu, and was feeling much better.”

Get through – successfully finishing a task, “It wasn’t easy but we got through all the chores Aunt May had set for us.”


If you are not sure which phrasal verb to use, check with an online dictionary.

ISL Collective provides a great deal of resources which you can use and share in your classroom, including the image shared here.

Check out our post on Using Set as a Verbal Phrase here.

Using Get in Phrasal Verbs in the English Language
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