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08 / 05 / 2006

GET 1 (RECYCLED): meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope everyone had a great weekend! This week we are going to repeat a series of Daily Vitamins that were sent in November of 2003. For the next few days we will concentrate on one of the most commonly used words in English: GET One of its most frequent uses is to combine with adjectives, nouns or other verbs to mean 'become' or 'begin to be'. Its equivalent in Spanish and Catalan is often represented by the pronoun se. For example, in English we say to get wet / cold / tired / sick, etc. which means to to become wet / cold / tired / sick. In Spanish the equivalent would be mojarse, enfriarse, cansarse, etc. A few more very common examples with GET to mean 'become' or 'begin to be' are: 1. Get dirty 2. Get home (the more common way of saying 'to arrive home') 3. Get drunk 4. Get to sleep 5. Get angry Here is a contextualised example for each of the above expressions: Example 1: My six-year old son always gets very dirty at school. Example 2: I usually get home very late at night, after 11:00 p.m. Example 3: When he was at University he used to get drunk every weekend. Example 4: I have been suffering from insomnia and can't get to sleep until 3:00 a.m. Example 5: My husband gets angry when I get home late from work. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a good day!