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The phrasal verb "get to"
Tuesday September 21st 2010
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The phrasal verb "get to"
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The phrasal verb get to is very common in English. 

 

 

The most straightforward use of get to simply means "to arrive": 

We have to get to the airport by 6:30.

I didn't get to the party until late.

 

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Often, get to means "to be able":

 

I'd like to get to know her. [=I'd like to meet her and learn about her.]

How do you get to play tennis so well? [=How are you able to play tennis so well?]

They don't get to go on our weekend trip. [=They are not able to go on our weekend trip.]

Some kids don't get to play in the finals. [=Some kids are not able to play in the finals.]

 

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Get to can also be an idiom that means "to annoy":

 

His tone of voice really gets to me sometimes.

All these delays are starting to get to me.

 

 

 

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