Hi again. Welcome to engvid.com. I’m Adam.
Today’s lesson is about phrasal verbs using the verb: “get”. Now, before I dive into this
lesson, I just want to explain a few things. I’ve gotten many comments on engvid.com, and
many people tell me that phrasal verbs are very difficult. And I understand that, I appreciate
that, but I want you to start thinking of phrasal verbs as vocabulary; it’s just extra words
you have to study. It’s not fun, I understand that, but it’s not that difficult either. You
just have to remember and use, and practice, practice, practice like any other
vocabulary you’re learning. So today’s verb is: “get”. Let’s look at some
of these prepositions we have. “Get up”, “Get down”, “Get away”, “Get over”, “Get off”, “Get
on”, “Get in”, “Get through”, “Get between”, “Get along” or “Get along with”. So we’re going
to go one by one. I’ll explain basically what they mean. Sometimes they have more than
one; sometimes two, sometimes three different meanings. And if necessary, I’ll give examples.
Oh, sorry about that. Okay, let’s start with: “Get up”. “Get up”,
two general meanings you’re going to need to know. One is get up; if you’re sitting
down, if you’re lying down and someone says: “Get up”, it means: stand up, stand. Get off
the floor, get off the chair, whatever. “Get up” also means to get dressed in a certain way.
If you’re going to a club, you want to get up all fancy and put a nice dress or a
nice suit for the guys. If it’s Halloween, you’re going to get up in a nice costume.
We can also use “getup” as a noun. “Getup” means what you’re wearing. “Nice getup” means:
“I like your clothes.”, “Nice suit.”, “Nice costume.”, “Nice” whatever it is you’re wearing.
“Get down”, opposite of “Get up”. If you’re standing, “get down” or “sit down”, for example,
so get down. If… If a baseball is flying your way: “Get down!” Duck, get underneath it.
“Get down” in a slang way means like get down, like enjoy the music, enjoy the party.
You know, like get down, dance, do whatever gets you down. We’ll get to “Get
off” in a second. You’ll understand. “Get away”. “Get away” means leave. But in a more colloquial way
– “colloquial” means like everyday street English, not necessarily
slang but common English – “Get away” means go on vacation. And when you go on vacation,
you choose a nice getaway. A getaway is a vacation, like a planned vacation or a nice
vacation destination, the place you’re going to. So Hawaii is a great getaway in winter in
Canada because it’s cold; Hawaii: beautiful. “Get over”. One, there’s a… one meaning:
get over something physical like there’s a wall and you need to get to the other side,
so you get over the wall. Okay? But that wall could also be a problem or an obstacle; it
doesn’t have to be a physical thing. Right? So you have a problem, get over it, move on, as they say.
So you and your girlfriend had a fight, okay, get over it, move on. Continue on
like nothing happened. Make up, kiss, whatever you do. Next day everything’s good; get over it.
Okay? That’s the most common meanings of: “Get over”. “Get off”, a few meanings.
You’re sitting on a chair or… Or you’re sitting on the
table – excuse me – in my classroom, we don’t allow that. “Get off the table” means get off
the table, remove yourself from the table. “Get off” in terms of criminals. So let’s say
somebody killed 200 people, a mass murderer and he is sent to jail for one month. Okay? So
he got off very lightly. So “Get off” means avoid punishment. Okay? Even though he got
one month in jail, for what he did that’s almost no punishment, so he got off very lightly.
“Get off” in slang means to get really excited by something. It could be sexual if you get off, you
know, whatever you do… your boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever you do to each other to get each
other off, go for it – it’s all good. But sometimes it could be anything, anything that
gets you excited. Okay? So some people get off on Jazz music, they listen to Jazz and they…
They really start to get down. You know? They really enjoy themselves, they get
off, it’s almost like being high like on a drug. Okay? That’s the slang. “Get on”.
“Get on” is very basic, it means get on, on something, on top of something.
Usually, we use it for like a train: “Get on the train.”, “Get on the bus.”, “Get on
the ship.” But we get in a car, we get in a boat. So anything that is like a container
or that is closed, we usually say: “Get in”. Anything that is big and has a big floor you
can walk on like a train or a plane or a ship, you would “Get on”. Okay? “Get in”,
all right, we’ll leave that actually for now. “Get in”. “Get through”
means finish or complete all the things that need to be completed. So for
example: I’m a teacher, I give you this much homework. When you get through this homework,
I will give you more because practice makes perfect. I want you to be good English speakers.
Yes? So when you get through this assignment, I’ll give you another. Okay. “Get between”.
“Get between” usually means like physically you put yourself between two
things, so get between the door and the wall if that’s… If that’s what you do. But “Get
between” can also be more like an idea. So don’t… If you’re married, for example, don’t
let your mother-in-law get between you and your wife or you and your husband. Never a good idea.
Okay? So “Get between” means create a problem between two people or two
things or whatever the situation. Now, we also have: “Get along”. “Get along”
by itself and “Get along with” mean the same thing. It means to be friendly with or to cooperate with.
Okay? So if I get along with all my friends, it means that we… when we are
together, we have fun, we enjoy each other; nobody argues. And me and my friends get along.
So depends where it is in a sentence, you can use: “Get along” or “Get along with”. Okay?
Another one, sometimes you can use: “Get on with”. This is a bit more of a British meaning.
“Get on with” and “Get along with” mean the same thing. “Get along with” is more
American, “Get on with” is more British English, but they mean the same thing. Now,
another expression, one last one. If somebody wants you to get on board, sometimes
they’ll say: “Come on board”, but: “Get on board” means they want you to join, they want
you to agree with what’s going on and be part of the team. So for example: if a president of
some country wants other countries to support him, he wants them to get on board with his plan.
Will it happen? Did it happen? Who knows? But that’s what it means. Okay so, let me get…
Actually go back to: “Get in”. Another way we can use “Get in”…
So we said we can get in to a car, we can get in to a boat, means enter a contained thing.
We can also use “Get in with”, this is a bit more of a slang. You get in with a
crowd, get in with a group. Okay? So for example: if I get in with the popular kids
at the school then I mean I am part of that group. Okay? So it’s a little bit more of a slang.
Oh, sorry. “Get in with”. Okay, now we have it. Okay, if you
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