AEE 565: You GET to Learn Another Way to Use “Get” in English Conversations

to get to do something

Today you’ll learn a new way to use the word “get” that you probably have not learned before.

In past episodes we have talked about other ways to use “get.”

Today we’ll show you how to use “get” when you want to say “I am able to…” or “I’m allowed to…”

You are framing something as a privilege when you use “get” in this way.

Sometimes mothers use this to show their kid that something is a good thing when it doesn’t seem good to the kid.

For example, a mother could say “Oh you get to go to the dentist!” or “You get to go to the doctors.” A mother can probably change the way that a kid thinks about certain tasks or duties based on her choice of words.

 

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Things we got excited about as kids:

  • Michelle was happy when she got to sit in the back seat of their Ford Taurus.
  • Lindsay was happy when she got to pick out a dessert at the grocery store.

 

Adults use this sarcastically when they are talking about something they are dreading.

For example, “I get to do laundry tomorrow and then I get to cook dinner for my entire family.”

 

Listen to the role play to hear how “get” is used in the sarcastic sense.

Let us know if you have any questions below.

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