The many meanings of get (3)

The verb get can also be used with the following meanings:


= become or start to be:

Since she started going to the gym, she has got much fitter.

My mum got really angry when I told her I had scratched her car.


= can be used instead of “be” in the passive

They got married last year.

I got shouted at by my boss because I had made a mistake in the report. 


= make something happen

This morning he came to work by train as he couldn’t get his car to start.

I’ve been trying to get my computer to work for the last hour,


= persuade someone to do something

Do you think you can get your parents to let us have the party at your house?

She couldn’t get her son to study.

Better half = media naranja

Here are some useful expressions and vocabulary that we use in personal relationships:


to have a crush on somebody = estar colado por

Susie has a crush on her English teacher, but is too shy to tell him.


to flirt = flirtear

My brother always flirts with my friends.


to play the field = ir de flor en flor

She was tired of playing the field and felt she needed a more stable relationship.


And you can address your better half in several different ways:

dear, darling, sweetie, love, sweetheart, honey


You’ll find more vocabulary related to personal relationships in Module 9, Unit 2 in this app.

Start saying I will

This is an abbreviation of Charles Dickens’ famous quote, which reads as follows:


«The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.


Charles Dickens is one of the most famous British authors of the nineteenth century. He was a prolific writer and penned many well-known novels. These include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol or Great Expectations, all of which are set against the background of social inequality and poverty in Victorian Britain.


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