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Confusing Words: Get (#11), by Dennis Oliver

Confusing Words:
Get (#11)

More Idioms with Get (#3


Get is a very challenging word in English--because it
has many very different meanings and because it is
used in many expressions--particularly phrasal verbs
and verb + preposition combinations.

In Idioms with Get (#1 and #2), we looked at some
examples of idiomatic uses for this very common word.
Here are a few more.

get on with: continue; resume

The computer network is functioning
now, so we can get on with our work.

get over: finish; end

When do your classes get over?

get over (someone): forget; stop remembering

Bill thought he would never get over
his first girlfriend.

get over (something): recover from an illness, loss,
or disappointment

Jamileh had a bad case of the flu;
it took her several weeks to get over it.

Yes, Fred is disappointed that he didn't
pass the test, but he'll get over it.

get rid of: discard

Those shoes are falling apart! Why don't
you get rid of them?

get through: establish communication

I've been trying to call Joe for three hours
but I've never been able to get through.
Do you know what the problem might be?

get through with: finish; end

What time do you get through with
your classes today?

get up: rise to a standing position

Did you hurt yourself when you slipped
and fell on the ice? Can you get up?

get up: leave bed after waking

He usually gets up at 5:00 AM. He says
that early morning is cool and quiet and
a good time to think about the day ahead.

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