Difference Between GET and BE!

Phrasal Verbs with GET

Hero Asked on 21/06/2014 in English Grammar.

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The verb ‘get’ has two main meanings: ‘come to have’ and ‘come to be’.
receive, obtain, earn, bring, buy

  • I got a letter from grandma this morning. (receive)
  • I hope we’ll get approval for this project soon. (obtain)
  • Our waiters get two thousand pounds a month. (earn)
  • Can you get me a glass of water, please? (bring)
  • I’ll get some bread on my way home. (buy)

become, reach a state

  • My father always gets angry when I’m late. (He becomes angry.)
  • My mum is getting old. (She will reach the state of being old soon.)
  • Jack gets bored easily. (He becomes bored easily. He reaches this state easily.)
  • Your dress will get dirty if you sit here. (Your dress will become dirty/ will reach this state.)
  • It takes me five minutes to get dressed. (It takes me five minutes to reach the state of being dressed.)
  • Don’t get upset. (Don’t become upset.)
  • When will you get ready? (When will you become/reach the state of being ready?)

As you can see from the above examples ‘GET’ always refers to some sort of CHANGE or process. On the other hand, ‘BE’ (am/is/are/was/were/will be etc.) refers to a STATE:

  • You can’t talk to my father now. He is angry. (state)
  • My mum is old. (state)
  • Jack is bored. (state)
  • Your dress is dirty. (state)
  • I’m dressed. (state)
  • Don’t be upset. (You are upset and I don’t want you to be in this state.)
  • I’m ready. (state)

Remember that GET has many other meanings. Here are some examples for you:

  • I don’t get it. (I don’t understand.)
  • He got five years. (He was sent to prison for five years.)
  • We have to get going. (We have to start going.)
  • I didn’t get to see her. (I didn’t have the opportunity to see her.)
  • They got home late. (They arrived home late.)
  • I’ll get the phone. (I’ll pick up the phone.)
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