Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get on

get on
Meaning(s)
1) make progress or continue with something, deal with a situation
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    • stop complaining and just get on with it
  • Analysis

    'Get on' is a phrasal verb with a number of meanings that is used in both social and professional contexts. To get on can mean to make progress in a measurable or specific way. You can ask someone how they are getting on in order to get an update. To get on can also mean to continue with something particularly after being interrupted for a time. To get on in life or to get on in your career means to be successful. When talking about relationships you can use get on so you can say people are getting on very well or that two people don't get on with each other. In informal contexts to 'get on' can also mean to grow old.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There's no point sitting around complaining about the work that needs doing around the house, you just need to get on with it!
    2. Geraldine and I are very close friends. We get on very well.
    3. My father is getting on in years. He will retire in February.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. My manager came over to see how I was getting on with the task she assigned me. She likes to make sure everything is running smoothly.
    2. Guys, we can't just spend the whole meeting chatting, it's about time we got on because we have a lot to cover.
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