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Hi, thanks you for watching this One Word English lesson. In this lesson you are going to learn only one word, which you can later use in many different ways.

Today we’re going to learn the word “get”. This is an amazing word, and it is all over the place in spoken English, so you’d better know it.

This guy got a phone call from his girlfriend

She complained she’d got wet and cold

He got her point

He’ll take a cab to get to her

Ok, now let me explain what the word get means in these sentences

The first phrase: This guy got a phone call means “He received the call” So get in this case is used to talk about receiving or obtaining something. You can get a message, an email, a letter, a present, whatever.

The second sentence: She complained she’d got wet and cold means “She became wet and cold”. So get in this case refers to changing or becoming something. You can get wet, hungry, lost, married and so on.

The third sentence He got her point means “He understood what she wanted to say”? and in this case get means just to understand something. that’s to say get for seeing what someone means, for example we can get a joke, a hint or somebody.

And the forth phrase. He’ll take a cab to get to her means “He’ll take a taxi to go to her”. In this case get means going or arriving to somewhere. You can get back home, get to school, get to work and so on.

Now repeat these sentences after me:

This guy got a phone call from his girlfriend

She complained she’d got wet and cold

He got her point

He’ll take a cab to get to her

Try to answer my questions:

What did the guy get?

Did his girlfriend get lost?

Why did he take a cab?

How did he decide to get to his girlfriend?

Ok, so now you know that you can use the word get for receiving, becoming, understanding and going.

Let’s think of situations when this word will work.

They’ve just got married (became)

This hobo is getting to the other side of the street (going)

This guy got tired and took a nap (became)

She got a letter and is writing her answer (receive)

Watch yourself in your everyday life and use the word get with all those meanings, for example you can say – hm, I’m getting hungry, I gotta eat something!

You’ve been watching “One Word” English. See you later!



Your tutor is Alisher, a Cambridge CELTA graduate with over 5 years of international EFL teaching experience. He’s designing these programs to suite various levels from Elementary to
Intermediate. Watch this video a few times, repeating model phrases and answering questions, then find similar situations around to practice until a new episode of "One Word English" comes out.
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