• Get To (with Right, Back Combinations) – Phrasal Verb of the Day

    Today’s phrasal verb of the day is: Get To (with combinations on Right, Back,  & To)

    Infinitive form: Get To

    Present Tense: Get To/ Gets To

    ing form: Getting To

    Past tense: Got To

    Participle: Got To


    The phrasal verb Get To, when joined with Right, Back, &  To, will create another meaning based on the combination. Many idiomatic expressions can be formed, so, emphasis is being placed on the two-word English phrasal verb “Get To” and “Get Back To” in this topic. Keep in mind that the word “back” can sometimes be used an adverb that modifies a phrasal verb , while other times, it is part of a phrasal verb itself. The former part will detail its usage as a two-word phrasal verb, while the latter part of the blog will describe its usage and how its meaning changes when used in combination with the words mentioned:


    When you arrive at a place or reach a certain level

    1. Please send my regards to Annie when you get to school.

    2. I need to get to work before 8 A.M. I can’t afford to be later anymore.


    When you start doing something you want or need to do

    1. I don’t have time to get to it now, I’m way too busy!

    2. Tell the writer to get to his writing soon, the deadline is fast approaching.


    When permitted to do something

    1.  Now that Bill received his driver’s license, he can get to drive anywhere.

    2. Since 007 has the license to kill, he can get to kill any criminal he encounters.


    When something or someone is affecting you in such a way that it bothers or annoys you

    1. When you’re in sales, you shouldn’t let pessimism get to you.

    2. You shouldn’t let Jim’s words get to you, he’s just being childish.


    [Get Back To]

    This three-word phrasal verb means to talk to someone again  at a later time

    1. That is a tough question. Let me talk to my teacher first, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I have the answer, okay?

    2. Let me get back to you after I’ve done my homework regarding the topic.


    [Get To] Combination

    The two-word English phrasal verb usually denotes “arrive” , but notice how the meaning changes when we put in the combination

    1. Jerry got to Los Angeles yesterday. [ Meaning: Jerry arrived in Los Angeles]

    2. Jerry got back to Los Angeles. [Meaning: Jerry returned to Los Angeles]

    3. Jerry got up to Los Angeles. [Meaning: Jerry arrived in Los Angeles from the South. This means any area in the map south of Los Angeles]

    4. Jerry got down to Los Angeles. [Meaning: Jerry arrived in Los Angeles from the North. This means any area in the map north of Los Angeles]

    5. Jerry got over to Los Angeles. [Meaning: Jerry arrived in Los Angeles from either side, East or West]

    6. Jerry got out to Los Angeles. [Meaning: Jerry arrived in Los Angeles from the east or from a larger city]


    Adding the word ‘Back’ to the verb combination means to return/resume into doing something after an interruption. Take note that only the first two meanings (arrive;start doing something) of the phrasal verb “Get To” described above is applicable for this combination.

    1. Let me get back to my homework, I can’t be distracted anymore. [Meaning: There has been an interruption/distraction for some time which prevented me from doing my homework, but now I realize that I need to get my homework done, so I resume to doing it ]


    Adding the word ‘Right’ to the verb combination modifies the verb indicating that it is done “immediately, quickly, or right away.” This combination works with  “Get back to”, “Get up to”, “Get Down to”, “Get Over to”, & “Get Out to” which are all derived from the same phrasal verb “Get to.”

    1. Jerry got right back to Los Angeles when he heard the news about his brother. [Meaning: Jerry quickly returned to Los Angeles. The news he heard about his brother must be really urgent]


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

    Fill in the gaps from the video above:

    The hell’s going on down there? Let’s ___ ___ __ work!

    What or who had caused the interruption in the team’s football practice?

    How will the statement change meanings if the word “Back” is removed and will it be appropriate to do so? Why or why not?



    Complete the sentences below with the correct form of Get To and its applicable combination:

    1.  Wait until you’ve finished eating breakfast, so you can ___ __ to eat all the desserts you want.

    2.  You keep on chatting with that friend of yours, when you should be _____ ____ ___  __work.

    3. I guess I have to sleep early because I can’t seem to___ __ school on time.

    4. Diana is _____ ___ work early this morning, so she can reach the deadline.

    5. Jen ____ ____ ___ to the mall when she realized she left her bag in one of the shops there.


    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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