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‘GET’ 1: Obtain | Buy | Receive | Catch | Fetch

‘GET’ in front of a noun can mean obtain, buy, receive, catch or fetch.
See how ‘GET’ is used with nouns, and meet George, Ellen and Tom, the three protagonists of the series ‘Get a Life!
You can download a PDF at the end of the post.


What did you get?

a. obtain

My name is George. About two years ago I got a job in the city centre. Recently I got a promotion and I’m team leader now.

There’s a library near my office where I get a new book every week. I love reading. I get a lot of knowledge from biographies and historic novels. At home I have hundreds of books, some of which are difficult to get nowadays.

b. buy

I also get old books at second-hand book sales, and of course I get them on the internet as well. My best friend, Tom, got me a rare edition of David Copperfield for my birthday, which was a very special gift.

At lunchtime I often get a sandwich or a takeaway salad before I go to a nearby park to read.

c. receive

For my birthday I got heaps of birthday cards and calls, and lots of messages from my friends. From my neighbours I got a home-made cake, and from Ellen a box of exquisite chocolates.

And in the afternoon I got a big surprise: a beautiful bouquet of flowers! It was the first time I ever got flowers. Ellen winked and said I must have a secret admirer out there. The bouquet lasted a long time. I still wonder who I got it from.

d. catch

I get a bus to work every day.

One morning I suddenly heard someone scream: “My purse! My purse has been stolen. Help!” Next, a young woman tried to jump off the bus. But two passengers reacted quickly and managed to get her.

When you travel on a full bus every day it’s easy to get a cold or some other virus, especially in winter. I even got pneumonia last November. I didn’t get that on the bus though.

(For another function of GET meaning catch, see this post.)

e. fetch, bring

(On a plane)

Flight attendant: Good evening, Madam. Welcome on board. Can I get you a drink?
Passenger: Oh yes, a glass of water, please.
FA: Here you are. Can I get you anything else?
P: It’s a bit cold. Could you possibly get me a blanket, please?
FA: Certainly. Here’s your blanket.
P: You’re very kind, thank you, er… Tom.
FA: Not at all.
P: I’m Ellen, by the way.
FA: Nice to meet you, Ellen. Enjoy your flight. We’ll be landing in Hong Kong at 4 pm local time.

Interested in the flight attendant? Who’s that person who loves books so much? Read Episode 2.

Here is a PDF with a summary of the uses of GET + noun. Get_Nouns_PDF


Get a Life! – The series

4 thoughts on “‘GET’ 1: Obtain | Buy | Receive | Catch | Fetch”

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog: nicely presented posts and useful ideas for improving my English. I will recommend it to my kids and my husband.

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