The Magic of the Word “Get”

In English, get is a magical word. It is so magical, in fact, that many English speakers probably do not realize how much they use it. In this lesson series, we will look at every day English expressions with get, and I will provide example sentences to help you learn the word get in context. In this lesson, I will teach you five common expressions with get.

Commuting with “get”

1. Get to – “I usually get to work at 8:00 am.”

Get to means arrive at. So, instead of saying “I arrive at work at 8:00 am,” you can say, “I get to work at 8:00 am.”

Examples:

  1. I usually get to work early.
  2. What time did you get* home yesterday?
  3. What time are you going to get to the hotel tomorrow?

 

2. Get in – “John! Hurry up and get in the car!”

Get in means to enter a vehicle, usually a car. It is usually used for cars or taxis.

Examples:

  1. We’re late! Hurry up and get in the car!
  2. When I got in my car yesterday, the steering wheel was so hot I couldn’t touch it!
  3. You’re taking too long. I’m going to get in the car and wait.

 

3. Get on– “Get onthe subway before it leaves the station!”

Get on means the same thing as get in, but it is used for either 1) bicycles and motorcycles, or 2) large transportation like airplanes, boats, or buses.

Examples:

  1. You should be careful when you get on the subway.
  2. We got on the plane fifteen minutes ago.
  3. When are you going to get on the plane?

 

4. Get out of – “Don’t get out of the car while it’s still moving!”

Get out of means to exit a car, so it is the opposite of get in.

Examples:

  1. You should never get out of a car while it’s still moving!
  2. If you park on the street, you should be careful when you get out of the car.
  3. I forgot the put on the parking brake when I got out of the car.

 

5. Get off – “You should check for cars when you get off the bus.”

Get off is the opposite of get on. It is used for bicycles, motorcycles, and large transportation.

Examples:

  1. Before you get on the subway, you should wait for other people to get off.
  2. When you get off the plane, make sure you don’t forget your bags!
  3. When you get off the bus, be careful about the last step!

 

A Note about “to”

*When you use the word home in English, you should not use the word to. 

  1. I got to home at 6:30pm. 
  2. I came to home at 6:30pm. 
  3. I went to home at 6:30pm. 
  4. I got home at 6:30 pm. 
  5. I came home at 6:30pm. 
  6. I went home at 6:30pm.