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09 / 05 / 2006

GET 2 (RECYCLED): meaning and examples

Good morning. Yesterday we looked at some uses of get to indicate the beginning of something: 'to become or begin to be' (to get drunk, to get dirty, etc.) Today we look at another very common use of get; this time to mean to answer the door or to answer the telephone. If you're at home and the phone rings, rather than say "I'll answer it," we usually say "I'll get it." The same applies when we hear a knock at the door. To indicate that we're going to answer the door, we usually say "I'll get it!" and not "I'll answer it." Saying "I'll get it" lets everyone else in the house know that you're on your way to opening the door. For the same situation we might say "ya voy" in Spanish. For a ringing telephone, we might say "ya lo cojo" (in Spanish) or "ja l'agafo" (in Catalan). "I'll get it" works for both situations in English. If you have any questions about this very common use of get, 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. Enjoy your day!