Phrasal verbs with get

Phrasal verbs with get

I get up at 8 o’clock everyday.

‚Get up‘ is a phrasal verb we use when someone rises from a sitting or lying position and is often used when we wake up in the morning. This post will look at some common phrasal verbs which are used with the verb ‚get‘.

Phrasal verbs with ‚get‘

Phrasal verbs with ‚get‘ are used all of the time and can be used to convey a wide variety of meanings. The verb ‚get‘ alone usually means to receive or obtain something. But paired with prepositions or adverbs, the meanings become quite different. Below are some very common phrasal verbs with ‚get‘.

get out– to leave or escape
ex. We need to get out of the building because there’s a fire alarm.
get in– to enter something
ex. You can get in the car now, we are ready to leave.
get on– to board (a plane, bus, train, etc.)
ex. She always gets on the bus at the stop near her house.
get away– to escape or flee
ex. The thief tried to get away, but the police caught him.
get back– to recover or retrieve; to return to a starting point
ex. I need to get back my book from John; he borrowed it last week.
get over– to feel better after an illness or after a painful experience
ex. It took me a few days to get over the flu.
get down– to dismount or descend from a place
ex. Be careful when you get down from the ladder.
get up– to rise from a place 
ex. She got up quickly from her seat.
– to rise from bed after sleeping
ex. I got up late this morning.
get on with– to start or continue doing something (usually work)
ex. After the meeting, we will get on with our project.
– to work well with someone
ex. I really get on with my new colleagues; they are very friendly.


Basically, phrasal verbs consist of a verb and a particle (preposition or adverb).

Get (verb) + on (particle) = phrasal verb

How to remember phrasal verbs

There is no right way to remember phrasal verbs. However, here are a few tips on how to remember them:

  • Learn phrasal verbs in context. Read a text or watch a video and highlight the phrasal verbs and look them up in a dictionary.
  • Keep a journal. Write down phrasal verbs you come across in your daily life and how it was used. For more focused study, group them together by their particles as they often have similar meanings (the particle is the adverb or preposition that is paired with the verb). For example, get back and go back refer to situations in which something is returned.
  • Learn them by category. Different categories could be emotions (to get over a break up), physical action (to stand up), describing relationships (to get on well with someone), etc.
  • Use them when you speak. Make an effort to use a few new phrasal verbs in your English conversations. The more you practice using phrasal verbs, the faster they will become familiar to you and your English will sound much more natural!