Get + noun/pronoun

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Get is one of the most common words in English and is used in many different ways. It is not considered appropriate in a very formal style when you are expected to use more precise vocabulary. However, get is correct and natural in most forms of speech and informal or semi-formal writing.

Get + noun / pronoun

Get can be followed by a noun or a pronoun. In this case, get means receive, fetch, earn, obtain catch or something similar.

Get can be followed by two objects - a direct object and an indirect object.

Get can mean understand.

Get can also mean punish.


In American English, the past participle form of get is gotten, except in the structure have got.

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Get with nouns and pronouns
Get with adjectives and past participles
Get with infinitives and -ing forms
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