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Get back to

get back to & gets back to getting back to got back to gottenlgot back to

1. get back to p.v. When youget back to people, you talk to them later, usually because you do not have time to talk to them at the time or because you will have information for them later that you do not have now.

l don't have time to talk now; I'm really busy. Can Iget back to you ?

That real estate agent still hasn'tgotten back to me to let me know if our offer was accepted.


    present tense -ing form past tense past participle
get on get on & gets on getting on got on gottenlgot on


1. get on p.v. When you move your body toward something and stand, sit, or lie on it, you get on it.

The nurse asked me to take off my shirt andget on the examination table.

If youget on that chair you can reach the top shelf.

2. get on p.v. When you mount an animal, bicycle, motorcycle, and so on, you get on it.

Getting on a camel isn't as easy asgetting on a horse.

The childrengot backon their bikes and went home.

3. get on p.v. When you enter a bus, train, airplane, ship, and so on, youget on it.

The bus stopped so that I couldget on.

Only people who are going on the cruise canget on the ship.

4. get... on p.v. When youget an item of clothingon, you put it on your body.

Get your coat on. It's cold outside.

These gloves are too small. I can'tget themon.

5. get on (with) p.v. When you continue doing something, youget on, get on withwhat you were doing, orget on with it.

It's getting late. If we're going to finish this work today we'd betterget on with it.

I didn't say you could stop!Get on with your work.

Get to

get to & gets to getting to got to gottenlgot to

1. get... to p.v. When youget to a place, you arrive there. When youget peopleto a place, you help them to go there or take them there. When youget to work,you arrive at the place where you work.

Sarah left her house at 8:30 andgot to the beach at 9:15.

When Iget to Tokyo, I'll call to let you know I arrived safely.

Frank got fired because he keptgetting to work late.

I went to the restaurant across the street for lunch, and I didn'tget backto work until 2:30.

2. get to p.v. When things or peopleget to a certain level, number, or amount, they reach it.

lr sure was hot yesterday. It must havegotten to 100 degrees.

When I run, I always try toget to five miles before I quit.

3. get to p.v. When youget to something that you want or need to do, you find the time to do it. When youget to work, you start working.

l didn't have time to do the ironing last night. I'll try toget to it tonight.

Karen finallygot backto her school project yesterday. She hadn't worked on it for weeks.

You've wasted the entire morning. When are you going toget to work?

My boss told me to get off the phone andget backto work.

4. get to p.v. [informal] When youget to doing something, you begin todo it gradually.

Dadgot to thinking that maybe we ought to move to Los Angeles and try to find work there.

After seeing all those strange lights in the sky, Igot to wondering if maybe UFOs really exist after all.

5. get to p.v. When youget to do something, you are allowed to do it or are able to do it.

Timmy was excited because hegot to ride a pony.

I hope Iget to shake the President's hand after his speech.

6. get to p.v. When somethinggets to you, it bothers or annoys you, either psychologically or physically.

Jim's constant complaining is really starting toget to his wife.

Let's sit down and rest — this heat isgetting to me.

    present tense -ing form past tense past participle
hang on hang on & hangs on hanging on hung on hung on


1. hang on (to) p.v. When youhang on orhang on to something, you hold it tightly so that you will not fall or be hurt.Hold on is similar tohang on.

l fell off the horse because I wasn'thanging on tightly enough.

If she'dhung on to my hand, she wouldn't have fallen off the cliff.

2. hang on p.v. [informal] When youhang on, you wait for a short time.Hold on is the same ashang on.

Hang on for a minute — I'll be right back.

Judy's coming to the phone now — can youhang on?

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