• Get On – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Get On

    Infinitive form: Get On

    Present Tense: Get On/ Gets On

    ing form: Getting On

    Past tense: Got On

    Past Participle: Got On/ Gotten On


    Get On is an English phrasal verb which can either be separable and inseparable depending on the context. It can be used in eight different ways:


    When you move your body and either stand, sit, lie, kneel, etc. towards something [inseparable]

    1. The robber told the hostage to get on his knees, while the rest were told to get on the floor.

    2. When I was little, I had to get on a chair in order to get something. Now that I’m older, I still need to be getting on a chair, only this time, it’s a smaller chair.


    When you get onboard a train, bus, airplane, etc. where you walk to your seat [inseparable]

    1. Ben and Jerry got on the train to visit their mother in Oregon.

    2. We need to get out of here quick, so, get on the bus right now, hurry!

    Note: You do not get on a car, because when you get in, you’re directly lead to your seat, unlike the transportation mentioned above where you have to do otherwise.


    When you leave

    1. I should be getting on, my girlfriend’s waiting for me in the car.

    2. I need to get on now, see you guys later!


    When you are trying or wearing clothes on [separable]

    1.  Oh gee, if I gain one more pound, I’m afraid I won’t be able to get my old jeans on.

    2. Can you get this on for me? I’ve always wanted to see how you look in that beautiful dress.


    When you have a good relationship with someone

    1. How’s it getting on with your new friend?

    2. I have always got on well with my colleagues. In fact, we’re all going on a trip together soon.


    When you continue doing something

    1. Francis’ mother to him that he needs to get on with his homework before he is allowed to leave the house.

    2. Stop talking and concentrate! You need to be getting on with your reading.


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    Exercises: Write your answers in comments and we will correct them.

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:

    Let’s go anyway, yeah. Let’s skip the getting married a bit because that seems to be a problem, have the honeymoon, and see how we ____ __.

    Do you find yourself having a hard time getting on with somebody? Why and what happened?


    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Get On.

    1. If you want to make it on time here, you need to ____ ___ the train that leaves at exactly 4 P.M.

    2. I guess it is safe to say that I ___ __ well with my bestfriend. We’ve been in each other’s life for more than a decade.

    3. An old superstition says that the bride shouldn’t ____ the wedding dress ___ until the day of the wedding itself. Are you kidding? I mean, how is the bride supposed to know if it’s the right size? I say we stop this and _____ ___ with it anyway. Go ahead, try it out.

    4. By the time the police arrived at the crime scene, the suspects have already ____ __ the bus. The police never gives up, however, and decided to ____ __ with the chase.

    5. How are you _____ ___ with your first day at the gym?


    Change the example sentences above to negative sentences (or positive, if the sentence is already negative). Then change them to questions.

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