to get back to sb

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to get back to sb

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 2 comments

This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to get back to sb'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: English (RP)

This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to get back to sb'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: English (RP)

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I've got . The interview Thursday haven't me.

I don't I've got the . The interview last Thursday and haven't back to me.

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to get back to sb

We use this phrase to mean that we will contact or talk to somebody again at a future time.

This might be because we are unable to speak to someone at that time, or because we need to wait a while before doing it. This might be because we are unavailable (e.g. I'm busy at the moment. Leave a message and I'll get back to you) or because we need some time to think or prepare (e.g. I don't have the figures with me at the moment. Can I get back to you tomorrow?).


The present perfect (they haven't got back to me) is used here because the speaker is talking about an unfinished time period up to the present. She is still waiting, and they still haven't contacted her. 

Imagine she says this months later - in this case, the time period for her would be finished (as she is not waiting for them to call any more). She would say "I had an interview with them but they didn't get back to me" or "They never got back to me".

Discussion questions:

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I'll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Has anyone ever said they would get back to you about something, and then didn't?

  • Write a short dialogue in which someone uses the phrase: "Can I get back to you on that?"

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What a super hard listening! I couldn’t complete the sentence fully even using easy mode (for one word!)

– Hey, have you already read the articles I sent to you last night?
– Sorry, I haven’t! My son got sick last night and I couldn’t stop to read anything
– Oh, I’m sorry to hear that! Is he felling better now?
– He’s felling a little better. Tonight I will read the texts. Can I get back to you tomorrow morning?
– Sure, don’t worry. We can discuss about it later

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