Take and get and what they mean

Today let’s take a look at two verbs that have several meanings: take and get.


Let’s look at a few common meanings of take first:

1) Consume

take pills

This is mostly used when we talk about medicine. For example, my grandparents take their pills two times a day.

2) Relax

take a rest

These are some collocations with take that mean to relax. These are:
• Take a break
• Take a holiday
• Take a rest
• Take time off

The difference between them is that the first and second one can mean to relax for a short time, while the other two can last for days, weeks or even years. 🙂

3) Travel by

If you need to get somewhere, you can walk there or take a train, a bus or a plane.

4) Washing

take and get excitement

When you’re dirty or tired in the morning, taking a shower or a bath can give you energy, as well as make you clean.


Now, let’s take a look at some common meanings of get:

1) Acquire

This meaning can be gotten if it’s used before a noun.
Acquire itself can mean a few things: to buy, to gain, to obtain, to receive
Here are some examples of this:
• Get a job
• Get a message
• Get a pet
• Get a present
• Get a result

2) Become

Get will have this meaning if it’s used before an adjective.
Some examples of this are:
• Get angry
• Get bored
• Get lost
• Get married
• Get tired

3) Bring

When you want people to bring you something, you can use get and it will have this meaning.
For example, a polite way of asking someone to give you your phone would be could you get my phone for me, please?

4) Reach

You can use get to mean to reach or arrive to a destination.
Here are a few examples:
I’ll call you when I get to the airport.
I got home late at night.
He got to the city early in the morning.

How about we practice using them in context? 🙂

I hope this made take and get a bit easier for you to understand. 🙂

I have a question for you:
Which of the following would you like to do?

• Get a new car
• Get a new job
• Get home earlier
• Get more sleep
• Take a long vacation
• Take a plane to a new destination
• Take a warm shower
• Take less medicine

Let us know in the comments section and have a good weekend! 🙂