Expressions with Get

by | Last updated Jul 11, 2019 | Vocabulary | 23 comments

Expressions with Get

by | Last updated Jul 11, 2019 | Vocabulary | 23 comments

These micro-dictation exercises contain 7 useful expressions with Get.

'Get' is one of the most common verbs in the English language. As well as having several basic meanings (and being used in grammatical structures like the passive) it is also used in a lots and lots of idioms and fixed expressions.

Learning some of these idioms and expressions is a very good way of improving your understanding of everyday conversation, while also making your own English more varied and natural

This exercise contains 7 micro-dictations, each one containing a different idiom or expression with Get.

See how much you can understand, try to guess the meaning of the expression, and then check the definition.

Good luck!

Expression 1 (accent: North American)

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I such when him. He if years.

I such a when I him. He as if he's 10 years.

About the expression

to get a shock = to be surprised by something negative or unpleasant.

e.g. I got a shock when I saw the gas bill - it was 5 times what I had been expecting.

 

Practice

  • When was the last time you got a shock?

Expression 2 (accent: English - London)

Naples . .

you visit Naples . The pizza there incredible.

Make you visit Naples if you get the . The pizza we there incredible.

About the expression

to get the chance to do something = to have the opportunity to do something.

e.g: I wanted to ask for his autograph but I didn't get the chance......Did you get the chance to ask your boss for next Thursday off?

make sure you do something = be certain that you do something.

e.g: Make sure you take an umbrella if you walk to work - it's going to rain this afternoon.

 

Practice

  • Tell me about something that you would like to do one day, if you get the chance to do it?

  • Is there anything that you wanted to do, but didn't get the chance to do?

Expression 3 (accent: English, RP)

, .

I know seem unpleasant , but if you him really .

I know he seem unpleasant at , but if you get to him you'll really him.

About the expression

We use the expression to get to know somebody to describe the process of learning more about a person by spending time with them.

e.g. I got to know Paul while we were travelling up to Scotland.

At first = In the beginning.

e.g. At first I thought it would be possible to prepare for the exam by myself, but I soon realised that I needed a good teacher to help me.

 

Practice

  • Can you think of someone who you didn't like at first, but who you became friends with after you got to know them?

Expression 4 (accent: Scottish)

, , .

I flat, but owners dog, and able to the smell.

I my new flat, but the owners had dog, and I haven't able to get of the smell.

About the expression

to get rid of something = to remove something or make it go away.

e.g. Please can we get rid of these curtains? I've never liked them......He used to have a big tattoo on his neck; I wonder how he got rid of it?

 

Practice

  • Are you good at getting rid of things you don't need, or do you find it hard to throw things away?

  • What's the best way to get rid of a headache/cold/sore throat/hangover?

Expression 5 (accent: English - Northern England)

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I've to all day. Why haven't phone ?

I've been to get of you all day. Why haven't had your phone on?

About the expression

to get hold of somebody = to make contact and communicate with someone, usually on the phone.

 e.g. I can't get hold of John. Maybe he's changed his number?

 

Practice

  • Can you remember a time when you've needed to get hold of someone but they didn't answer their phone? What happened?

  • Are you a difficult or easy person to get hold of?

Expression 6 (accent: Irish)

. ASAP.

That dripping tap . We need fixed ASAP.

That dripping tap is getting on my . We need to it fixed ASAP.

About the expression

to get on somebody's nerves = to annoy somebody.

 e.g. I don't know why, but his voice really gets on my nerves.

 

Practice

  • What are the top three things that get on your nerves?

Expression 7 (accent: Scottish)

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My new well, but it’s while to everything.
My new job is well, but it’s me a while to up to speed everything.

About the expression

to get up to speed = to get all the latest information about sth

 e.g. Before you start working with your new team, you'll need to get up to speed with our new IT system.

 

Practice

  • Think about the last time you got a new job. How long did it take to get up to speed with everything?

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Arbulon
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Arbulon

Scottish accent is the most difficult accent I’ve ever heard. This accent gives me a hard time understanding.

Tanya
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Tanya

1. The last time I got shock when I saw a woman I know for few years – she lost many kilograms and became a really well-looked woman! 2. If I had a chance, I would go to Australia. 3. When I met my friend Ann at first, I thought she was a bit crazy 🙂 But after I got to know her, we became best friends. 4. Well, I get rid of some old or unnessesary staff pretty easy, except some things (clothes, postcards or others) which became my favourite. 5. I was a difficult person to get hold… Read more »

martha
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martha

for me the most difficult was the English, RP I don’t know what RP means but it is really difficult, but I like these exercises a lot.

Aline
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Aline

1. The last time I got a shock was when a knew that the price of bus ticket would be increased 2. I would study abroad, if I got the chance. Once, I had the chance to talk to American students, but didn’t do it :/ 3. There were two twins girls, who I didn’t like at first, but I got to know them and we became friends 4. I think I’m good at getting rid of things I don’t need, because when I compare my wardrobe with my sister’s, I see that she has a lot of useless stuff.… Read more »

Sol
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Sol

A different accent from those I have heart before.Quite interesting!!!!!!
.I like to learn a bit more each time …The more you learn ,the more you can feel well prepared.
Thanks for sharing.

Sol
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Sol

My practise.
I really didn’t get to know her at all.
In spite of triying to get hold with her at the office,I think I rather get on her nerves,because she was vey introvert and got a shock when I told her about my private life…When she knew I was a former prisioner,she wanted to get rid of me.
I think people never allow me to get the chance to show my change.

Chiffa
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Chiffa

It`s quite interesting to know Chris, whether an average English speaking person easily understand such challenging to our ear Scottish and Irish accents?

Mari
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Mari

1. The last time I got a shock was very recently and it was when I saw the humanitarian aid for Venezuela being burnt. I couldn’t hardly believe it. 2. If I had got the chance to go to one of Michael Jackson’s concert, I would have gone for sure. 3. I try to make sure to get to know any person I meet with so that I won’t let any prejudice against them blind me because I remember a time when I met a person years ago he seemed to be unfriendly at first but I got to know… Read more »

MILAXE27@OUTLOK.ES
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is correct to say: “do not judge anyone until get to know one well”

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