Get as a Phrasal Verb – Learn Fluent American English

Do you want to be fluent in American English? It’s time to get down to the business of learning about phrasal verbs using the word “get.” If you really want to get your message across, you need to become familiar with naturally spoken English. As Gabby says in this English tip, native speakers tend to use phrasal verbs with “get” more than they use the formal verbs.


You get out of your English learning effort what you put into it. You don’t want to just get by in your studies, you want to excel and become the best English language speaker you can be. If you can begin to use phrasal verbs with “get” you will find that you will be understood, and maybe even commended on your command of the English language.




Episode transcript below:


Hey, how’s it going?

Welcome to Go Natural English.

I have a great question from an audience member, Mobarek.

Mobarek asked, “How can I use ‘get’ as a phrasal verb?”

Oh my gosh, this is an amazing question because it’s so essential to speaking natural English.

So, Mobarek, I’m not sure if my answer is going to make you happy because this is a quick English tip and the reality of the situation is that “get” as a phrasal verb comes in dozens of varieties.

What I mean is, it would take me a long time to explain how to use “get” as a phrasal verb in a thorough way.

That’s what I do in the Go Natural English premium course which you can find out about at

What I’m going to suggest in this quick English tip is that if you’re going to study any verbs at all, you should throw away your list of formal academic verbs unless you’re studying for an academic test.

But if you want conversational English, you should focus on how to use “get” as a phrasal verb because in conversation American English speakers, or native English speakers replace almost every formal verb with a phrasal verb, and many of those phrasal verbs use “get.”

So, knowing those combinations of “get” plus a preposition in order to have meaning as a phrasal verb are so essential to understanding native English speakers.

So, my tip is to focus on “get” as a phrasal verb and understand that there are many different ways to form a phrasal verb with “get.”

Start with perhaps a collection of a dozen phrasal verbs with “get” – “get started, get going, get up, get out, get on, get along, and so on, and see how we use them, practice them, get feedback and see if you have questions along the way.

Again, if you want to learn more, and you’d like to learn in a natural way, come back to where you can find out about the premium course.

Alright I hope this was at least a little bit helpful and that it motivates you to focus on those phrasal verbs that are so essential.

I promise you, you won’t regret learning phrasal verbs.

You’ll really be able to understand native English speakers and improve your conversational skills if you understand phrasal verbs.

Thanks so much for watching and I’ll see you again real soon.

Bye for now.


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