“Get” es una de esas palabras muy comunes con muchísimos significados que les causa dificultades para muchos estudiantes.  Espero que este artículo te ayude.

En mi diccionario, “Webster’s New World Dictionary”, hay más de 22 significados de “get” cuando la palabra aparece sola.  Cuando “get” aparece en combinación con otras palabras como preposiciones, hay por lo menos 40 más significados.  “Get” es un verbo y en el uso más común quiere decir conseguir, obtener, o adquirir.  Por ejemplo, “I have to get a chair for my grandfather.” (Tengo que conseguir una silla para mi abuelo.), “Where did you get that book?” (¿Dónde conseguiste ese libro?)

El problema es cuando la palabra tiene uno de los otros significados, especialmente cuando hay una preposición añadido.  He proveído algunas de las formas aquí con unos ejercicios, pero hay mucho más y debes consultar un buen diccionario.


* No te olvides que el verbo “get” debe ser en el tiempo adecuado.

get across (hacer comprender) – It is very important for him to get across the need for our product.

get along (llevarse bien) – My brothers and I get along very well with one another.

get around (moverse) – My friend has not been able to get around since the accident.

get away (escapar) – We do not think the gunman will be able to get away.

get back (regresar) – The employees will get back from lunch at 1:00pm.

get back at (vengarse de) – My neighbor broke the window so I want to get back at him.

get by (pasar) – Would you please move the desk so I can get by?

get down to business (empezar en serio) – Let’s get down to business.

get in (entrar en) – If you do not get in the car now, we are going to leave without you.

get on with (continuar) – There is no need to give me all the details, just get on with it.

get over (superar) – I hope I can get over this cold so I can go back to work tomorrow.

get through (establecer una connección telefónica) – ¿Were you able to get through?

get to (ir a) – ¿What is the best way to get to the school?

get together (reunirse) – They usually get together every Wednesday to talk sports.

get up (levantarse) – In order to work out, I have to get up at 5:00am.


Usa una de las expresiones con “get” en la forma adecuada para completar cada frase.

1. Yesterday there was a robbery at the bank and the thief _____________.

2. I have not been able to __________ the fact that he robbed the bank.

3. Tomorrow I have to ___________ early because we have a meeting at 6:00 am.

4. Everyone in my family has been able to ______________ without ever having a fight.

5. Since my car broke down, I have been ____________ with this new bicycle.

6. Excuse me, can you plese tell me the best way to __________ the baseball stadium?

7. Last month management ______________ in Chicago and put this proposal together.

8. If you want to finish the job in time, you better ________________.

9. I tried to call you earlier, but I was not able to _________________.

10. Where is Steve?  He __________ a blue car and left.

11. If everyone moved a little bit to the left, the waiter would be able to __________.

12. There is no need for you to stop, just __________ what you were doing.

13. I __________ my sister by eating the ice cream she was saving for dessert.

14. My boss is a great salesman because he __________ the desire to own life insurance.

15. Make sure you __________ before the meeting starts.

Quote of the week:   Everyone has the will to win, but few have the will to prepare to win.

_ Bobby Knight (basketball coach)

Answers: 1) got away  2) get over  3) get up  4) get along  5) getting around  6) get to  7) got together

8) get down to business  9) get through  10) got in  11) get by  12) get on with  13) got back at 

14) gets across  15) get back

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