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7 Expressions with Get

These micro-dictation exercises contain 7 different expressions with Get.

‘Get’ is one of the most common verbs in the English language. As well as having several basic meanings (and being used in grammatical structures like the passive) it is also used in a lots and lots of idioms and fixed expressions.

Learning some of these idioms and expressions is a very good way of improving your understanding of everyday conversation, while also making your own English more varied and natural.

This exercise contains 7 micro-dictations, each one containing a different idiom or expression with Get.

See how much you can understand, try to guess the meaning of the expression, and then check the definition. Good luck!

Listening exercises

#1 to get a shock

Accent: North America

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to get a shock = to be surprised by something negative or unpleasant.

e.g. I got a shock when I saw the gas bill – it was 5 times what I had been expecting.

#2 to get the chance

Accent: England (London)

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About the sentence

…make sure...

The expression make sure you do something means be certain that you do something. e.g. Make sure you take an umbrella if you walk to work – it’s going to rain this afternoon.

The idiom to get the chance to do something is another way of saying to have the opportunity to do something.

e.g. I wanted to ask for his autograph but I didn’t get the chance.

e.g. Did you get the chance to ask your boss for next Thursday off?

#3 to get to know someone

Accent: England (RP)

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I know unpleasant , but if know him you'll .

About the sentence

…at first…

We use the phrase at first to mean in the beginning or to begin with. e.g. At first I thought it would be possible to prepare for the exam by myself, but I soon realised that I needed a good teacher to help me.

We use the expression to get to know someone to describe the process of learning more about a person by spending time with them.

e.g. I got to know Paul while we were travelling up to Scotland.

#4 to get rid of something

Accent: Scotland

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I flat, previous owners dog haven't to get smell.

The expression to get rid of something means to remove something or make it go away.

e.g. Please can we get rid of these curtains? I’ve never liked them.

e.g. He used to have a big tattoo on his neck; I wonder how he got rid of it?

#5 to get hold of someone

Accent: Northern England

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I've to of you , why haven't phone ?

The meaning of the expression to get hold of someone is to make contact and communicate with someone, usually on the phone.

e.g. I can’t get hold of John. Maybe he’s changed his number?

#6 to get on someone’s nerves

Accent: Ireland

That dripping really nerves. We it ASAP.

The idiom to get on someone’s nerves can be used as an alternative to the verb to annoy someone.

e.g. I don’t know why, but his voice really gets on my nerves.

#7 to get up to speed

Accent: Scotland

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is going , it's a while to everything.

When you get up to speed, you get all the latest information about something.

e.g. Before you start working with your new team, you’ll need to get up to speed with our new IT system.



Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

  • When was the last time you got a shock?
  • Is there anything that you would like to do one day, if you get the chance to do it?
  • Is there anything that you wanted to do, but didn’t get the chance to do?
  • Can you think of someone who you didn’t like at first, but who you became friends with after you got to know them?
  • Are you good at getting rid of things you don’t need, or do you find it hard to throw things away?
  • What’s the best way to get rid of a headache/cold/sore throat/hangover?
  • Can you remember a time when you’ve needed to get hold of someone but they didn’t answer their phone? What happened?
  • Are you a difficult or easy person to get hold of?
  • What are the top three things that get on your nerves?
  • Think about the last time you got a new job. How long did it take to get up to speed with everything?

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