Phrasal Verbs Part 2

What is a phrasal verb?

A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb alone.

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  • Today’s verb: Get
  • Today’s phrasal verbs: Get about, get across, get ahead, get along, etc.

Phrasal Verbs Made Easy PDF Capsule 2: Get

The following conversation between ‘Kevin’ and ‘Roger’ will explain the meaning of all the phrasal verbs associated with the verb ‘get’.

Roger: Hey, look what I have brought for you.

Kevin: Phrasal verb flash cards!?

Roger: But only for phrasal verbs with ‘get’. I couldn’t find others. I used them when I was in the middle school.

Kevin: Still, very kind of you. Let me have a look at them. These are so easy to understand and remember, get ahead… be in the front… successful…

Get Ahead

Meaning: To achieve success, to prosper.

Get = to gain.
Ahead = in the front.

Phrasal Verbs Made Easy PDF Capsule 2 - Get AheadMemory tip: To be in the front by becoming successful.

Usage: He helped plenty of his villagers to get ahead.

Roger: Also, when you try to overtake a vehicle, you want to get ahead of that vehicle.

Get Across

Meaning: Clarify, explain.

Get = to receive
Ahead = from one side to the other

Phrasal Verbs Made Easy PDF Capsule 2 - Get Across

Memory tip: To get your thoughts across to the other person.

Usage: I want to get it across that I am not in favour of this motion.

Kevin: Okay! Get across… Ha ha! I wish these phrasal verbs could ‘get across’ from your brain to mine!

Roger: Well, if we try to get something across, it will get across.

Kevin: ???!!!

RogerGet across means both: to make something clear or explain and to become clear or understand.

Kevin: Okay! Let me check out other cards too. These are easy to remember.

Get Among

Meaning: Being surrounded by/being in the company of/join a group.

Get = to cause to be
Among = surrounded by

Phrasal Verbs Made Easy PDF Capsule 2 - Get Among

Memory tip: To get among (= surrounded by) a group or people.

Usage: Alibaba got among thieves.


Get About

Meaning: Circulate, spread.

Get = to cause to be
About = in rotation

Phrasal Verbs Made Easy PDF Capsule 2 - Get About

Memory tip: To cause to rotate (circulate).

Usage: Whatever happens in the life of celebrities get about quickly.


Get Along

Meaning: To be on friendly terms.

Get = to cause to be
Along = accompanying someone

Phrasal Verbs Made Easy PDF Capsule 2 - Get Along

Memory tip: To be a companion.

Usage: She gets along with children.


Get at

Meaning: To reach/to imply (something).

Get = to cause to be
At = preposition expressing location

Phrasal Verbs Made Easy PDF Capsule 2 - Get At.jpg

Memory tip: To be somewhere/to be on a conclusion.

Usage: 1. It’s difficult for the baby to get at the medicines placed on the top shelf.

2. What are you trying to get at by explaining me the events?

Kevin: I thought get along and get ahead mean the same.

Roger: Of course, they can be used as synonyms for ‘to be successful’. As I told you, ‘get ahead’ means ‘to advance’, ‘to be in the front’. It gives us an impression that we must put some effort. Get along means ‘without much effort’ as if we are born to win. Extroverts get along easily; they seem to be born to interact easily. But it is difficult for introverts to interact continuously with people.

Kevin: Thank you, Roger! I will go through them and will ask you if I have any doubt.

Roger: Always welcome! ?

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