The Use of the Word "Get" In English


This paper discussed variations of the use of the word “get” in the novels A Building on Life Broken Piece by Dandie, A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mason and The Big Bad Wolf by Patterson. The analysis was done according to the theories applied. The main theory used in this paper was the theory of Quirk in the book entitled A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985). The second book which was used as supporting theory was the theory of Swan from the book entitled Practical English Usage. There were kinds of method which was used in this paper involved data source, data collection, and data analysis. Based on the result of the analysis, there were some kinds and forms of the use of the word get in English and it has a different meaning. The kinds of the use of the word get in English and their meaning are: 1) get combined with adjective and has a meaning: “become” and “suffer”. 2) get combined with past participle and has a meaning to make somebody/something or yourself to reach a particular situation, state or condition. 3) get combined with noun/pronoun and has a meaning “bring, receive, and catch/ hit. 4) get combined with a description of the place/time and has meaning “arrive. 5) get combined with an object and has a meaning understand. 6) get combined with adverb or particle preposition and has a meaning refers to a movement, involved, return, to tell somebody move or stop touching.

Keywords: the use of word, get, syntax, phrasal verb

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