Many learners of English say that one of the things they find most difficult about the language is how to use phrasal verbs. This is mainly because of the huge number of phrasal verbs and the fact that the same verb can mean so many different things, depending on what other word it is used with.
Even the same phrasal verb can have several meanings.
You shouldn´t be too discouraged by this as the more you practise using phrasal verbs, the more your confidence will grow.They are important because they are very common and until you are familiar with their different meanings and uses, understanding informal language will be very diificult. Being able to use phrasal verbs will also make your English sound more natural.
You should remember though that phrasal verbs sound informal and so they shouldn´t normally be used in formal writing.
Let´s look at some phrasal verbs using the verb “get”.
Get on/ get along with someone: to have a good relationship with someone.
Example: John is getting on really well with his new flatmates.
Get on: to make progress with something.
Example: How are you getting on with your homework?
Get away: to escape.
Example: The bank robbers got away from the police.
Get away with something: to do something wrong or illegal with being caught or being punished.
Example: Mary cheated in the exam but she got away with it.
Get back: to return from somewhere
Example: Jenny and Mike are on holiday at the moment but they et back on Tuesday.
Get back at someone: to take revenge on someone or retaliate.
Example: He´s getting back at for what she did to him last week.
Get back to someone: to speak or write to someone again later, especially to reply to a particular question.
Example: I don´t know the answer to that right now but I will find out and get back to you as soon as I can.
Get back with someone: to begin a relationship again.
Example: Fiona and Stephen broke up last year but they got back together recently.
Get out of something: To avoid something that you don´t want to do.
Example: My son is very lazy and always tries to get out of doing any housework.
Get by: to survive.
Example: She earns just enough money to get by.
Get over: to recover from an illness or some other difficult situation.
Example: “ It can take quite a long time to get over an illness like that.”
I hope that hope that you´ve found this blog helpful. Do please let us know how you´re “getting on” with phrasal verbs!