Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are very important in the English language and you need to know lots of them to reach a good English  level.

However it is one of the most challenging stuff to learn and use them naturally.  So let’s see why it is so difficult  to learn phrasal verbs:

  •          first of all there are hundreds of them
  •          it is difficult to guess their meanings
  •          one phrasal verb can have different meanings
  •          some of them are separable  (I’ ll  call John back)
  •          some are inseparable (I run out of sugar)  -quedarse sin…
  •          they contain two or three words (give back, come up with – idear).

But don’t despair because you already know lots of them. However we still need to come up with ( idear)  some useful ideas to help you learn them better.

  1. LEARN THEM BY FOCUSING ON ONE VERB AT TIME (today we’re going to see the most common phrasal verbs with get) .
  2. PERSONALISE THEM – once you’ve checked the meaning try to introduce them into your daily routine, try to use them in sentences about your life.
  3. LISTEN AND LEARN THEM IN CONTEXT -when you hear a phrasal verb in context try to use the situation to understand the meaning.Ex.: If somebody is angry and says:”I can’t put up with you anymore!”,take a minute and think what they mean: ” Oh, you can’t tolerate anymore! ”
  4. RECICLE AND REUSE – as with all vocabulary, once you’ve learnt a phrasal verb you have to revise, recycle and reuse it frequently. In other words: “Use it or lose it”. It’s important to keep a notebook that includes phrasal verbs definitions and sample sentences.

Today’s verb is GET and some of the most common phrasal verbs with get:

  1. Get along or get on (well)- llevarse bien

 I get along really well with his sister but there is no way to get on with his mother.

2. Get over, get through – superar

It’s been very hard for Kelly to get through her divorce.

 Ben could get over his fear of flying and took a plane to Spain.

3. Get across – trasmitir

 I’ve tried everything to get my message across but I wasn’t able to do it.

4. Get together – reunirse o controlar tus emociones

Get yourself together or we will have to leave the bar.

We should all get together one day and go out for a drink.

5. Get by – areglarselas

Do you speak French? I get by.

Monica couldn’t study much but she got by and passed the exam.

6. Get away with – lograr, no ser castigado por algo.

Joe thought he could get away with his lies but this time he’s been caught.

7. Get around – viajar a lugares diferentes.

I’d love to get a round tomorrow, I always stay here for my holidays

8. Get rid of – deshacerse de, quitarse de encima.

Jim should get read of those awful friends of his. They are a bad influence.

9. Get on – subir en autobus, avion, tren.

I’ve had to run to get on the bus.

      10. Get off – bajar del autobus, avion, tren.

I got off the train at Atocha station.

      11. Get in  – subir en coche o taxi.

He run to the car, got in and went to the airport.

      12. Get out of – bajar de un coche, taxi.

When he arrived at the airport he got out of the car and rushed into the crowd.

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