One reason that phrasal verbs can be difficult to learn is that one verb can have many different meanings. For example, the phrasal verb, "get to", has at least 5 major meanings which are used in everyday conversation. The meaning we will explore today is "to annoy or upset someone".
Below are some exercises for you to try. I'll post the answers in my next blog post!
FIll in the blanks with the correct form of the phrasal verb "get to".
Tom: Oh my God! I hate my job.
Erin: What's up?
Tom: The stress and the long commute is really _______ me.
Erin: How long is the commute?
Tom: 2 hours each way. That's 4 hours a day I'm stuck on a train. I hate it.
Erin: Time to look for another job?
Rita: Where's Claire?
Shakir: Oh, she quit.
Rita: What? When?
Shakir: Just yesterday. She exploded, called her boss "an asshole" and stormed out of the office.
Shakir: She told me on the phone afterwards that her boss really didn't respect her. In the end it just _______ her and she quit.
Rita: Yeah, but why did she explode?
Shakir: Oh, her boss told Claire she thought she was lazy.
Rita: Ha. That'll do it.
Replace the phrasal verb, "get to", with one of the options given so that the meaning is the same.
Em: Why did James leave his wife?
Trevor: She just nagged him all the time. I think it got to him eventually.
Em: Everybody nags.
Trevor: I know. But apparently it was 24/7. In the end he'd just had enough.
a) excited, b) ruined, c) hated, d) upset
Rewrite the following conversations by replacing the phrasal verb "got to" with an alternative expression that has a similar meaning. You may need to change the structure of the sentence.
Yasmine: Why are you still working? It's midnight.
Davey: I know. I'm just really busy at work at the moment. I have some deadlines.
Yasmine: You always say that. You seem to have deadlines all the time and work late all the time.
Davey: Yeah, I know. It's actually starting to get to me. Maybe I'll take a look at that jobs website and look for a better job.
Jan: How's your daughter?
Trish: She's much better thanks. We've moved her to a different school.
Jan: It was in a really bad neighbourhood, wasn't it.
Trish: Yeah. There were always dodgy guys hanging around near the playground. In the end the constant worrying about her safety just got to me. So we made the decision to move her to a different school.