El verbo ‘TO GET’


El verbo ‘to get’ es un verbo irregular que usamos muy a menudo en inglés. ‘Get’ tiene muchos significados diferentes y se usa en muchos modismos, también tiene muchos diferentes patrones gramaticales en función del significado. Lo usamos menos a menudo por escrito formal.

Diferentes significados del verbo TO GET:


When are you going to get your new car?

They were all dismissed but two of them managed to get new jobs within a week.

El siguiente ejemplo tiene un objeto indirecto  (IO) y un objeto directo (DO):

Can you get me an ice-cream ? Thanks.

 (me – IO; an ice-cream – DO)


get + -ed form para describir cosas que nos suceden, a menudo desafortunadas y que no queremos que sucedan.

The cottage got really badly damaged in the floods last year.

Sorry we’re late. The train got delayed for over an hour.

The trees in the garden got damaged in the wind.

I got myself locked out the other day. I stupidly left my keys in the bedroom. 

There were blizzards overnight and the whole town got snowed in. 


get + adjective lo usamos con adjetivos.

It’s getting dark.

I hope your mother gets better soon.

Your tea is getting cold.


get + object (o) + -ed form hace que algo suceda o se haga. Es una forma menos formal de decir que se haga algo:

I’m getting the computer repaired on Monday.

I’m going to the supermarket so I’ll get your jacket cleaned if you like.

get + noun phrase object (o) + object complement (oc) nosotros hacemos que algo suceda.

Sorry to keep you waiting. We’re just getting the bill ready for you now.

Para provocar o persuadir a que suceda, utilice:

get + object + to  infinitive 

get + object + -ing form 

They got me to talk to the police, even though I knew it wouldn’t help. (persuaded me to talk to the police …)

Can you help me get this printer working?

Lista de phrasal verbs con el verbo 'TO GET'

get along

get around

get around to 

get away 

get away with 

get behind

get back

get by

get down to

get on

get out

get over

llevarse bien


encontrar tiempo para hacer algo

escapar; hacer una escapada

salirse con la suya



salir adelante

ponerse a

llevarse bien


recuperarse de/superar

James and I don’t get along very well. 

The best way to get around my town is on foot.

I got around to doing the laundry yesterday.

I need to get away for a few days.

He’s going to get away with the crime he committed.

They’re getting behind on the project.

Don’t get back late!

How can you get by on so little money?

 If I were you, I would get down to working on the project.

She gets on well with her new classmates.

Get out immediately!

It took her months to get over him after they broke up.

Ejercicios con el verbo ‘GET’

Reemplace las frases en negrita que contienen el verbo GET en estas oraciones con la forma correcta de un verbo a continuación.

annoy; arrest; arrive; capture; force; be; manage; meet; receive; understand 

  1. The police got him for shoplifting and attacking an officer. _______
  2. He got ten years in prison for the crime. _____________________
  3. I don’t get how someone can do that to someone else. _________
  4. By the time the police got there, the burglars were far away. _____
  5. We didn’t get around to going to the public meeting. 
  6. What gets me is that the judge let him go with only a fine! ______
  7. The police were determined to get the thieves. ________
  8. Local people got together to discuss the problem of vandalism in the area. __________
  9. He held a gun to my head and got me to open the safe in the bank. __________
  10. He got robbed on his way to work. ____________

Relaciona los phrasal verbs [1 -8] con sus definiciones [a – h].

  1. Get out                                              
  2. Get over something                          
  3. Get away with something                
  4. Get around                                 
  5. Get around to (+ verb-ing)   
  6. Get along with                   
  7. Get by                     
  8. Get down to    .

a) finally do something

b) the way how you go to places

c) stop thinking about something

d) become serious about something

e) be friendly with someone                             

f) move or leave                                       

g) have enough to survive, cope with                                 

h) do something wrong without punishment                                                        

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