Today, lets get right down to doing the blog. The subject is INSEPARABLE PHRASAL VERBS with GET…
Some people say that you can get away with anything as long as you do it with style. Take D.B. Cooper for example. In 1971, he got on a plane and demanded $200,000. When he got the money, he released all the passengers at an airport. Then he took off with only the pilot and flight attendant. When the plane was high in the air, Cooper jumped from the plane and parachuted into the forest below. He has never been seen again. Many suspect that Cooper survived and escaped with the money.
Other people say that you can get out of anything if you have a good excuse. My dad often did this on Sundays when I was young. Usually, around 8 o’clock, he would start to feel a little sick. It was an upset stomach most of the time. By the time we were supposed to go to church at 10:30, he had developed a full-blown flu complete with stomach cramps. Of course, he was unable to attend church with my brother, my mom and me. He was an expert in getting out of going to church.
Something else that people often say is “with good friends you can get through anything. I don’t know if I agree with that one, though. This may be true for times when I am in emotional trouble- like when a girlfriend breaks up with me. My friends may help me get through those weeks of loneliness. However, if I need to finish a difficult task, I question how helpful my friends might be. For example, how will good friends help me get through reading a really long book? I’ve been reading Moby Dick for a really, really long time now, and not one of my friends has encouraged me to finish it. I don’t think they even like books.
WHAT ABOUT THE GRAMMAR?
The PHRASAL VERBS with GET in this blog are INSEPARABLE. That means that they must stay together. They cannot be separated by the OBJECT.
YES: Some people say that you can get away with anything.
YES: He was an expert in getting out of going to church.
Some people say that you can get anything away with.
He was an expert in getting out going to church of.
Also, PHRASAL VERBS are made of verbs + PREPOSITIONS.
So, their OBJECTS can be NOUNS…
Getting through this novel is not easy.
My friends may help me get through those weeks of loneliness.
Some people say that you can get away with anything.
…or their OBJECTS can be GERUNDS.
He was an expert in getting out of going to church.
D.B. Cooper got away with stealing $200,000.
Lets get right down to doing the blog
to get down to (something) = to do something immediately; to not waste time
to get away with (something) = to do something wrong and then not be caught or get in trouble
to get through (something) = to finish something difficult or unpleasant
to get out of (something) = to escape or avoid a difficult or unpleasant situation
How about you?
What do you think about the anecdotes? Have you ever gotten away with something?
What do you do to get through difficult situations?
Have you ever made up an excuse to get out of something?
Do you have any stories like ones above?
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