A phrasal verb is a combination of two or more words, usually a verb and preposition, which acts as one word.
The meaning of the phrasal verb is different to the meaning of the words when separated. For example, to "get away" means to go on holiday, which is different from the meaning of the word "get"on its own.
Phrasal verbs are common in both spoken and written English, so we should practise them as often as possible.
This lesson focuses on phrasal verbs using the verb get.
Here is a list of phrasal verbs with their meanings.
get up to – do
get on with (someone) – have a good relationship
get over (something/someone) – recover from
get away with (something) – be successful in something
get at (someone) – criticise someone repeatedly
get rid of (something) – remove/throw away something
get out of (doing something) – avoid something you don’t want to do
get off lightly – to experience less trouble than expected
get through to (someone) – successfully explain something
get wound up (about something) – get angry about something
Lesson by Nasreen, teacher at EC Cape Town
Choose the correct 'get' phrasal verbs to complete the sentences: