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Phrasal Verbs
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Phrasal Verbs beginning with the letter "G"

 

  

      • get across: to communicate clearly

The girl was so stubborn that no one was able to get the message across and change her mind.

 

      • get ahead: to make progress

You need to work hard in this company if you wish to get ahead and get promoted.

 

      • get along: to have a good relationship

Our team members have been getting along quite well before they lost the game.

 

      • get around (1): to avoid

Jimmy got around doing homework every day by offering to volunteer after classes.

 

      • get around (2): to go from place to place

Since she leaves downtown, she gets around everywhere by walking.

 

      • get at: to hint

What are you trying to get at? Can you be more specific and give an example?

 

      • get away: to escape

Finally I caught a fish, but it got away because there was a hole in the net.

 

      • get back: to return

Sandy always gets back late from school. She helps her team win the competition.

 

      • get by: to survive financially

The family of four was able to get by on just $5 a day for a whole month.

 

      • get down (to): to focus

After you finish sightseeing, I’ll meet you in the boardroom and we’ll get down to business.

 

      • get down (1): to discourage

When I told her I wanted to attend college, she really got me down telling me my scores were not high enough.

 

      • get down (2): to put in writing

Who will get the minutes down during the meeting?

 

      • get in: to arrive

The flight got in 2 hours late last night because of the storm.

 

      • get off (1): to leave

Don’t forget your umbrella before you get off the bus.

 

      • get off (2): to receive lesser punishment

After striking a pedestrian, the biker got off with only a fine instead of going to jail.

 

      • get off (3): to interrupt

Many schools in our city get the day off when it snows.

 

      • get out (1): to spread

Word gets out very fast in our small town, so everyone knew Jack would propose to Jill.

 

      • get out (of) (2): to escape

Sam always has an excuse and gets out of having to wash the dishes.

 

      • get out (of) (3): to leave

When will we finally get out of here? I am hungry!

 

      • get over: to recover

After that rigorous football practice, it took Jimmy a whole day to get over his sore muscles.

 

      • get rid of:  to dispose of something or dismiss someone

I cannot get rid of the unpleasant burning smell from my clothes; I’ll have to dry clean them.

 

      • get through: to finish

My new course is so challenging that I started doubting I’ll ever get through it.

 

      • get to (1): to annoy

The dripping faucet really got to me. I cannot sleep!

 

      • get to (2): to arrive at

What time do you usually get to work?

 

      • get together: to meet

We should get together for coffee during the holidays.

 

      • get up: to leave the bed

What time do you usually get up in the morning?

 

      • give back: to return

Can you give me back the book I lent you a week ago?

 

      • give out: to distribute

The Red Cross gives out food and various charitable donations to victims of an earthquake.

 

      • give up: to stop

“Why can’t you give it up?” asked Cindy while watching Andy smoke.

 

      • go along: to cooperate

We need to go along with the most popular vote if we want to stay in business.

 

      • go around (1): to satisfy

There is not enough bread left to go around for another day. We need to buy some more food.

 

      • go around (2):  to circulate

Word goes around that you are going to quit. Is it true?

 

      • go away: to leave

Will you go away during the spring break? I heard there are good deals for one-week trips.

 

      • go by (1): to pass

Tina is a new driver, but as the days go by, she gets more and more confident.

 

      • go by (2): to act correctly

In order to avoid a fine, you need to go by the rules.

 

      • go down: to sink

Many people died when the Titanic went down.

 

      • go off: to explode

Firecrackers are both noisy and dangerous when they go off.

 

      • go over: to check

We should go over the routine one more time before you start your performance.

 

      • go out with: to have a date

When will you finally go out with Sara? She’s been asking about you for a month now.

 

      • go through: to endure

When shipwrecked on a desert island, Jack had to go through lots of hardships in order to survive.

 

      • go with: to match

That blue shirt goes with both your eyes and your jeans.

 

      • go under: to fail

During the economic crisis, small businesses go under first.

 

      • goof off: to be inactive

Instead of doing his homework, Tommy goofed off all weekend.

 

      • grow up (1):  to become an adult

While he was growing up, his family moved frequently from town to town.

 

      • grow up (2: to behave responsibly

Stop goofing around and being childish! It’s time to grow up and do some serious work.

 

 

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