How to Get a Handle on To Get


The English verb to get is one of those all purpose, catch all verbs which can be problematic when trying to find an equivalent in Spanish.  Just think how often you use this verb in English, and it’s rampant in slang expressions.  When you want to use an equivalent in Spanish, you really have to look underneath the expression to see what you’re really trying to express, as word for word equivalents for “get” are rare.  The easiest and most straightforward one is to think of it as “to obtain”.  The verbs obtener and conseguir are direct translations.  Necesito obtener el precio.  ¿Dónde puedo conseguir un taxi?  However, consider the following “underneath” usages: To get ready, in the sense of to dress, put on makeup, etc. – arreglarse    Necesito arreglarme para la fiesta. To get lucky – tocarle la suerte    Me tocó la suerte ayer porque gané la lotería. To get out of – escapar    Escapé de una situación muy mala. To get sick – enfermarse   No quiero enfermarme.   To get red – ponerse rojo  Debo moverme del sol porque no quiero ponerme rojo. To get up (arise) – levantarse   Tengo que levantarme temprano. To get along – llevarse bien    Mi amiga y yo nos llevamos muy bien. To get together – reunirse  Tenemos que reunirnos pronto. To get through – pasar   ¿Me permite pasar, por favor? To get down, off – bajar(se)   Quiero bajarme aquí. To get away – escapar  Los ladrones escaparon por la otra calle. To get married – casarse   Mis amigos se casaron en la playa. To get back – regresar   Necesitamos regresar a casa a las seis. To get in the habit of – acostumbrarse  No quiero acostumbrarme a esta comida. To get fat – engordarse  El se engordó mucho de su trabajo en el restaurante. To get hurt – lastimarse   ¡Cuidado!  No quiero que te lastimes. To get yours – salir con la tuya.  Espero que salgas con la tuya un dÍa. To get it – comprender     No comprendo la relación entre ellos. And there are many, many more.  Get moving, and get them all!


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