In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(to obtain)(information/money) conseguir(information/money) obtener(staff/job) conseguir(loan/authorization) conseguir(authorization/loan) obtener(idea) sacarwhere did you get that beautiful rug? — ¿dónde conseguiste / encontraste esa alfombra tan preciosa?
- where did they get that compère? — ¿de dónde sacaron a ese maestro de ceremonias?
- these pears are as good as you'll get, I'm afraid — estas peras son de lo mejorcito que hay
- the public can't get enough of her — el público no se cansa de ella
- to get sth from sb/sth
- we get our information from official sources — sacamos la información de fuentes oficiales
- you may get more up-to-date news from Ken — Ken te podrá dar noticias más frescas
- While the Club appreciates the support it gets from the local community more funds will be needed if this success is to continue.
- You get the feeling that he could go round again, he is such an out and out stayer.
- Every year he trawls through the letters and gets visits from people who have fallen on hard circumstances.
- We're getting about 18 hours of sunshine each day.
- Do you get compliments when you throw that purple scarf around your neck or do you look cool and sharp in black?
- So they've gotten a lot of impressions at a very good price - basically for free.
- Okay, I'm really panicking now, will she send back all my letters when she eventually gets the bracelet?
- Visit your local station and you will receive a warm reception and get the truth.
- When you simply look at the list, you get the impression nobody is doing anything for anyone.
- They always say it will be stopped, but when I get my pay slip it is there again.
- He is getting a clearer idea of what will happen in terms of field of operations.
- Yet when I ask the council to do something for me and my community what do I get - nothing.
- It first gets leads from letters and builds up an investigative news story, mostly critical.
- But anyway, tell me, what did you get for your birthday?
- It is all about community effort and we are getting more and more community effort.
- I got the sense that you didn't feel you had received enough information from the doctors treating your wife.
- Their selfless gesture means that a two-year-old girl received a new heart and a baby of one got the liver he needed.
- All children occasionally get presents that they do not like and are instructed by their parents that they must seem delighted with them.
- You kind of get the sense that he could almost act the part better than you could.
- She gets a rock star reception in shopping malls, often being asked to stop for photographs or to sign autographs.
- The lady who wrote this letter to the editor gets a free beer or cup of coffee on me if I ever meet her.
1.2(to buy)comprarwhat can I get Tom for Christmas? — ¿qué le puedo comprar a Tom para Navidad?
- you can get them much cheaper in town — los puedes comprar / conseguir más baratos en el centro
- go out and get yourself a new suit — ve y cómprate un traje nuevo
- they sell like hotcakes; we can't get enough of them — se venden como pan caliente, no hay estoc que alcance
- to get sth from sb/sth
- I get my bread from the local baker — le compro el pan al panadero del barrio
- I got this bread from Harrods — este pan lo compré en Harrods
1.3(to achieve, to win)(grade/prize) sacar(prize/grade) obtener formal(majority) obtener formal(majority) conseguirhe gets results — consigue / logra lo que se propone
- I got an A in physics — saqué una A en física
- you're getting yourself quite a reputation — ¡te estás haciendo una fama ... !
- a French company got the contract — le dieron / le adjudicaron el contrato a una compañía francesa
- he finally got the divorce — finalmente le dieron el divorcio
- Maybe if I get a better job and a decent night's sleep it'll bother me less.
- The winning team gets the next crime-fighting contract for the upcoming fiscal year.
- Lewis believed that the students who wrote the letter could have gotten the same result had they just come and talked to her.
- She recently got herself a good job and told me that she'd made a decision to get her own life back again.
- The Wasps' man of the match in each game receives three points, the second best player gets two points and the third best one point.
- He said the board had money to put into it but sanction had not been received to get the equipment.
- Despite being in the same room as her for two or three hours I just didn't get a chance to bring the subject up with her.
- If a touchdown is scored either the quarterback, running back or receiver gets the glory.
- Do you use larger doses of drinking chocolate to get the same high you once experienced?
- Opening her car door and stepping out, Toni got a clearer glimpse of the woman.
- She'd hardly got any sleep the night before.
- It is understood he received a letter last week telling him he would be getting the OBE.
- But he had gotten a very clear look at the man's face, and a better estimate of his height and weight.
- In Greece the Communist Party got 9 percent of the vote, holding on to its three MEPs.
- The Daycare Trust says only half a million children receive the credits to get them a nursery place.
- It's a bizarre and refreshing experience, but I can't see him ever getting an Arts Council grant.
- The program usually gets a high rating and receives a large number of sponsors.
- By then she'd got herself a job and a house, but her doctor threw her off the methadone course and she ended up back on drugs.
- If a farmer had land on both sides of the road he had to get permission to bring them across that road.
- He looked like he didn't feel good, like he hadn't gotten much sleep the night before.
1.4(by calculation)what did you get, Tim? — ¿a ti qué / cuánto te dio, Tim?
- divide 27 by 3 and you get 9 — si divides 27 por 3 te dará 9
- got it! — ¡ya sé!
- have you got 21 across yet? — ¿ya has sacado el 21 horizontal?
1.5(when telephoning)(person/number) lograr comunicarse conI got the wrong number — me dio equivocado
- Lost my cell phone, but you can still get me at my landline.
- She called him at home, but got his wife instead.
2.1(to receive)(message/reprimand/letter/reward) recibirI was getting signals from Jenny to be quiet — Jenny me estaba haciendo señas para que me callara
- I know what I'm getting for my birthday — ya sé lo que me van a regalar para mi cumpleaños
- do I get a kiss, then? — ¿entonces me das un beso?
- she got 12 years for armed robbery — le cayeron 12 años por robo a mano armada
- to get sth from sb
- all I ever get from you is criticism — lo único que haces es criticarme
- she got a warm reception from the audience — el público le dio una cálida bienvenida
- he gets the musical talent from his dad — el talento musical lo ha heredado / le viene del padre
- I don't know where she gets it from, it certainly isn't from me — no sé por qué es así, desde luego no ha salido a mí
- I do all the work and she gets all the credit — yo hago todo el trabajo y ella se lleva la fama
- I seldom get the chance — rara vez se me presenta la oportunidad
- the west coast gets a lot of rain — en la costa oeste llueve mucho
- the kitchen doesn't get much sun — en la cocina no da mucho el sol
- If Smith succeeds in getting a severe sentence in this case, it will send a chilling message to others in the porn trade.
- He got ten years for the lesser crime of conspiracy to murder.
- However, down the street a further two if not three disabled parkers had also got fixed penalty tickets.
- Dad got fifteen months in prison, while his son got 240 hours' community service.
- I can see that whatever this boy has done, it is worthy of the punishment he is getting.
- I got the sack once for laughing at work - I was driving a hearse at the time.
- If caught what punishment will they get, so many hours, be a good boy, don't do it again till next time?
- If he had an ounce of honour he would walk, and consider himself lucky that is all the punishment he gets.
- Anyone over the age of 10 dropping litter will get a fine.
- That was technically the punishment they should have gotten, expulsion for disobeying a direct order from a superior.
2.2Television Radiocaptarrecibircoger Spain informalagarrar Southern Cone informal
2.3(to be paid)(salary/pay) ganarhow much were you getting in your old job? — ¿cuánto ganabas en tu trabajo anterior?
- if I do overtime I get a bit more — si hago horas extras saco un poco más
- what / how much do you think I can get for the piano? — ¿cuánto crees que puedo sacar / que me pueden dar por el piano?
2.4(to experience)(shock/surprise) llevarseI got the impression that ... — me dio la impresión de que ...
- I get the feeling that ... — tengo / me da la sensación de que ...
- He's got enough problems of his own without having to worry about a girl who desperately just needs someone else to want her.
- The students expect the cheating student to get her comeuppance but nothing happens.
- I was getting a really bad sensation in my fingers and it felt like I was walking on gravel.
- I hope he gets a really bad dose of whatever his fix is and never wakes up again.
- I get a horrible stomach ache before every audition.
- I was gradually waking up this morning when I moved my left leg and suddenly got a really bad cramp.
- Recently I have been getting a serious pain on my left side.
- They've got a severe shortage of engineers, and it will take 18 months to work out that problem.
- I was screwing in a light switch cover and got a nasty shock.
- I had gotten my life's fair dose of suffering.
2.5(to suffer)how did you get that bump on your head/black eye? — ¿cómo te hiciste ese chichón en la cabeza/te pusiste el ojo morado?
- she got smoke in her eyes — le entró humo en los ojos
- she got a splinter in her finger — se clavó una astilla en el dedo
- he got the full force of the blast — recibió todo el impacto de la explosión
3informal(to find, to have)you don't get elephants in America — en América no hay elefantes
- you get better weather on the south coast — en la costa sur hace mejor tiempo
- we get mainly students in here — nuestros clientes (/ visitantes etc. ) son mayormente estudiantes
- I get all sorts of people coming to see me — viene a verme todo tipo de gente
- Someone from reception gets the resuscitation kit and calls the other two doctors consulting that evening.
- Apparently, Ella and Brett got sick of our debate, and went to go get a hotdog together.
- She kicked out at him and he released her but went into the kitchen and got the 6in-bladed knife.
- Tristan was still in the parking lot getting the last of the equipment out of the van.
- I expounded this theory, and then, since it was a buffet lunch, went off to get some more food.
- Then she continued on to the kitchen to get herself a glass of water, as all that sat on the table was punch.
- He walked into the kitchen and got himself a glass of water before he sat back down.
- As Usual she walked into the kitchen, got a can of pop and a bag of salt and vinegar chips.
- It was understood that when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door.
- Eddie, who was on the far bank, directed me to where he was and I went and got a lifebelt and threw it to him.
- He was getting something from his pocket and it took him some time to get his wallet.
- We got the ladder and brought it back around the front with intentions to leave it on the patio, which is enclosed.
4(to fetch)(hammer/scissors) traer(scissors/hammer) ir a buscar(plumber/doctor) llamargo and get your father — ve a llamar a tu padre
- get your coat — anda / vete a buscar tu abrigo
- can you come and get me in the car? — ¿puedes venir a buscarme con el coche?
- she got herself a cup of coffee — se sirvió (/ se hizo etc. ) una taza de café
- shall I get you a taxi? — ¿te llamo un taxi?
5.1(to reach)alcanzarit's too high up for me, can you get it? — está demasiado alto para mí ¿tú lo puedes alcanzar / tú alcanzas?
5.2(to take hold of)agarrarcoger Spainto get sb by the arm/leg — coger a algn por el brazo/la pierna Spain
- the pain gets me right here — me duele justo aquí
- One assailant grabbed him and got him in a headlock while an accomplice pulled the wallet out of his trouser pocket.
- It wasn't the dog that got him, it was a man, police said.
- Thank god security was tight and the cops got him before he could do anything.
- Thomas managed to get Chris, who was still laughing, into a headlock.
- So it's a double blow for you: first that the bad people have gotten us, and second that I've failed you.
- Trudy began to go down the path to the inn when Ed got her by the arm.
5.3(to catch, to trap)pillar informalagarrar Latin Americacoger Spainyou've got me there, I haven't a clue — ¡ahí sí que me pillaste! no tengo la menor idea informal
- What is an annuity? No, you got me there.
5.4(to assault, to kill)I swear I'll get you! — ¡te juro que me las vas a pagar! informal
- the sharks must have got him, poor devil — se lo deben de haber comido los tiburones al pobre
- if smoking doesn't get you, pollution will — si no te mata el tabaco, te liquida la contaminación
- We get our enemies and punish their crimes, but the crimes of our friends go unpunished.
- Another guy came up at me and he took a swing and got me in the arm.
- I got him on the neck, but it was a lucky shot.
- I was going to get him in the nose but when he saw my fist coming he moved.
- I had thought that she was just out to get me for a few wrong things I had done to her in the past.
- Anna has troubles of her own - including a little brother who's out to get her.
- You little rat, I'll get you for that!
6(to hit)(target/person) darle ato get sb on / in the arm/leg — darle a alguien en el brazo/la pierna
- you'll get yours — ¡ya las vas a pagar!
7(with illnesses)agarrarpescar informalpillar informalcoger Spainshe got chickenpox from her sister — la hermana le contagió la varicela
- When scientists found out that people who smoked got lung cancer, the result was significant: it wasn't just a coincidence.
- Antioxidants are believed to lessen one's risk of getting heart disease and high blood pressure.
- It is like an injection, as when someone gets lumbago and receives a shot.
- He has fears about the risks of getting more serious asbestos disease.
- She felt like she was getting a thousand diseases just from their second-hand smoke.
- I have to rest you but, if anyone asks, you've got the flu.
- Whenever my three-year-old son gets a cold, he suffers from a high temperature and is sick for 24 hours.
8(to catch)tomarcoger Spainshe got a bus to Kingston — fue en autobús hasta Kingston
- Further down Oxford Street we got a Victoria Line train from Bond Street to Euston.
- The transport system in Kingston isn't so bad that getting the bus or train is not an option.
- I left the party at some time way after midnight, so got the very last tube into King's Cross last night.
- At the last minute, Keith decided not to get the train and instead got a later metro.
- Certainly, you're not getting a Circle Line train today, or for several weeks at least.
9(to prepare)(breakfast/dinner) preparar(dinner/breakfast) hacer
- She'd been getting the same lunch every day for nearly two years now, and she never tired of it.
- Making the fresh soda bread, getting the dinner, and doing her housework was her joy.
- Only come out in the early morning when no one is up to get breakfast.
10.1(to irritate)fastidiarwhat gets me is the way he said it — lo que me fastidia / me da rabia es la forma en que lo dijo
- What really gets me is how insipid the parents are.
- How much has the fact that your game slipped over the past year been burning you inside? Deeply. It gets me.
10.2(to bring out emotions)it gets you right there — te da mucha lástima
10.3(to puzzle)what gets me is how ... — lo que no entiendo es cómo ...
11.1informal (to understand)entenderI get it, you want me to tell them that ... — ya entiendo, quieres que les diga que ...
- oh, I get you — ah, ya (te) entiendo
- don't get me wrong — no me malentiendas / malinterpretes
- get it? — ¿coges la onda?
- It's almost a revolution, get me?
- We even did a cover of Riders on the Storm as a joke and of course nobody got it.
- Gotta love them jokes thrown in there that a good half of the audience has no chance of getting.
- She had obviously got it this time as she then asked me for my credit card limit.
- I appreciate that it will take time to filter through and for people to get the message.
- I don't have a family, you get it?
- Perhaps he got what I meant, perhaps he did not.
- I don't think the old guy got it, and pretty soon he was shuffling back up the mountain.
11.2(to hear, to take note of)oírI didn't quite get that: could you repeat it? — no oí / entendí bien ¿podrías repetir lo que dijiste?
- I didn't get your name — no entendí tu nombre
- did you get the number? — ¿tomaste nota del número?
- get this, Frank's a candidate — afírmate, Frank se presenta como candidato
12informal(to answer)contestaratendercoger Spain(door) abrir
- Get the door for me will you, please?
- In the meantime, make a rule that if you will always take out the trash, she will always get the phone.
13(to have in one's possession)to have got
14(to bring, to move, to put)we'll get it there by two o'clock — lo tendremos allí antes de las dos
- don't worry, we'll get you to Rome somehow — no te preocupes, encontraremos la manera de que llegues a Roma
- just wait till I get you home! — ¡ya vas a ver cuando lleguemos a casa!
- to get sth downstairs/upstairs — bajar/subir algo
- when can you get the documents to us? — ¿cuándo nos puede hacer llegar los documentos?
- where will it get us? — ¿a dónde nos conduce?
- to get sb nowhere
- not to get sb anywhere
- this approach is getting us nowhere — de esta manera no estamos logrando nada
- flattery won't get you anywhere with him — no vas a sacar nada con / no te va a servir de nada halagarlo
- The slice slows the ball's speed down giving you the time to get into a better position.
- There've been very few good men who've gotten to these positions of power.
- We almost lost the school a few years ago and we do not want to get into that situation again.
- And when kids get into trouble, whose fault is it?
- Again this is an easy situation to get into because companies are evolving concerns.
- But suppose you just happen to get into a situation where you are dependent upon me?
- And this is something that shouldn't have gotten to this situation.
- If one parent isn't home to supervise the kids, kids get into trouble.
- However, much weight is attached to their communal life when they got there.
- It came as a relief to his conscience as Jake moved, trying to get back on his feet.
- I waited for her to calm down and get into a good position before telling me her dream.
- If you get into difficulty, you can also often contact the advisory branch of the same firm.
- Women have fought long and hard to get into positions that men hold within the leadership of the church.
- With the older child of course, one gets closer to the situation with an adult.
- Gabriel had gotten up from his position on the ground and was standing nose to nose with Michael.
- There was a plastic Dalek that you get inside and move around, saying EX-TER-MIN-ATE!
- There isn't much room, and you have to wait for everyone to get into position before you hit.
- If you get into financial difficulties or house prices fall, your home may be at risk.
- She looked disappointed, and the group resolved to see what the situation was when they got there.
- He has gotten out of position, a rarity in past years, in an apparent effort to cover for other players or perhaps live up to his contract extension.
- You get into a situation, you have a bunch of ideas floating around, and you want to make a movie.
- Dreams were destroyed when a person decided to get behind the wheel after drinking.
- She agrees that the resort is unlikely to get back to the position it boasted in its heyday.
15(to cause to be)he got the children ready — preparó a los niños
- I can't get the window open/shut — no puedo abrir/cerrar la ventana
- it's hard to get these pans clean — estas cacerolas son difíciles de limpiar
- they got him drunk — lo emborracharon
- let me get one thing clear — (make it clear) esto que quede bien claro
- they got their feet wet/dirty — se mojaron/se ensuciaron los pies
- We'll see a real resurgance of underground communications networks if this gets worse.
- We still went ahead getting the property ready for the season, training seasonal staff and volunteers.
- The older I get the more the issue of crime and punishment becomes a grey area.
- But every waking hour the competition in the mobile communications market gets tougher.
- He gets tired easily, needs help cutting up food and washing and needs constant care.
- It's interesting that over the past few years my spelling has certainly got a lot worse than it used to be.
- Even as technology expands the way leaders can communicate, it's gotten tougher than ever to be heard.
- But I can assure you that I can get angry - very angry.
- The affect this is having on the quality of life for residents and the business community is acute and getting worse.
- If you're starting to get confused, just hang on because it gets deeper.
- I have got half a dozen great slow, huge songs, but I kind of get bored of playing them live.
- She nodded and stormed out of the room to get her costume ready.
- It's been a busy day to day so I haven't had time to cook dinner before getting ready for work.
- Other reports also indicate that the job market is not getting any better.
- So after a while, you sort of get used to all of the little things on the car.
- They did an excellent job of getting everything sorted out for this test.
- We had it in our minds that Daniel would get better, nothing prepared us for that.
- As the weather gets warmer the fatal disease myxomatosis spreads faster.
- We all eventually get sick, and then we all die.
- I lie on my bed, looking at the walls of the cell that is to be my home for the next two weeks and reflect on how things got this bad.
- It's only slowly that tech and public interest communities are getting involved.
16to get sb/sth + past participle
16.1(showing an action carried out by the subject)I'm going to get the house tidied up — voy a ordenar la casa
- he says he'll get that shelf put up this afternoon — dice que va a colocar ese estante esta tarde
- we must get some work done — tenemos que trabajar un poco
- he got his arm broken — se rompió el brazo
- it's about time they got themselves organized — ya va siendo hora de que se organicen
16.2(showing an action carried out by somebody else, showing an action carried out by the subject)he got the house painted/the carpets cleaned — hizo pintar la casa/limpiar las alfombras
- get your hair cut! — ¡vete a cortar el pelo!
- I must get this watch fixed — tengo que llevar a arreglar este reloj
- you'll get me fired! — ¡vas a hacer que me echen!
- that won't get you promoted — con eso no vas a lograr que te asciendan
- I got that written into the contract — les hice poner eso en el contrato
17(to arrange, to persuade, to force)to get sb/sth to + inf
- I'll get him to help you — (ask) le pediré que te ayude
- she could never get him to understand — no podría hacérselo entender
- you'll never get them to agree to that — no vas a lograr que acepten eso
- can I get you to sign this, please? — ¿me firmaría esto, por favor?
- get them to line up at the door — que se pongan en fila en la puerta
- he's trying to get the radio to work — está tratando de hacer funcionar la radio
- The latest scam is to get us to sign a contract agreeing to longer shifts to cover up for staff shortages.
- Maria had gone along in the hope that she could get her friend to pick something tasteful without a huge price tag.
- At the end of the day, there is nothing like a good old British tragedy to get us to rally round and buy some papers.
- Is getting a million people to come out and wave symbolic signs at a symbolic march a political act?
- But I knew nothing then of getting people to sign a piece of paper forbidding them to speak to anyone else.
- Henry had promised to try and get Father to agree to bring him along with them when they left.
- Hire some of the people involved and get them to bring their audience with them.
- So I got them to move me into a little hotel in Soho, the seedy area of New York.
- He immediately sent back his own colour picture of his son after getting Jonny to sign it first.
- It has all the marks of some Labour official drawing it up and then getting the MP to sign it.
- And if you could get him to nip round with a feather duster, I would be most grateful.
- So I would be grateful if you could publish this letter to get people to register!
- I DJ and if anyone buys me a drink I always get a member of staff to bring it over to me.
- They had also never gotten the band to sign releases for their interviews, which took more than three years to conduct.
- I wish some publisher would get Dave to update it, and bring it back into print.
- We could have pushed our luck and got the president to sign up for both the aid and the climate change deal.
- Once that is established, the next move will be to get doctors to clean up their act.
- No wonder we have such difficulty in getting really good candidates to stand.
- The other thing of note is, if a couple of emails and a letter gets a blogger to close down his blog, what if you got a writ of summons?
- Andrew Corrigan got the winner to pull off the surprise result of the season.
18(to cause to start)to get sb/sth -ing
- it's the sort of record that gets everybody dancing — es el tipo de disco que hace bailar a todo el mundo / que hace que todo el mundo baile
- can you get the pump working? — ¿puedes hacer funcionar la bomba?
- her remark got me thinking — su comentario me hizo pensar
1(to arrive)llegarI got here yesterday — llegué ayer
- she got to Boston at 4 o'clock — llegó a Boston a las cuatro
- can you get there by train? — ¿se puede ir en tren?
- how did that stain get there? — ¿esa mancha de dónde salió?
- can anyone remember where we'd got to? — ¿alguien se acuerda de dónde habíamos quedado?
- we got to / as far as page 21 — llegamos hasta la página 21
- I was just getting to that — a eso iba
- to get nowhere — no conseguir / no lograr nada
- not to get anywhere — no conseguir / lograr nada
- to get somewhere — adelantar
- the results indicate they may be getting somewhere — los resultados indican que van por buen camino
- we're getting somewhere at last! — ¡por fin estamos sacando algo en limpio!
- to get there
- it's not perfect, but we're getting there — perfecto no es, pero poco a poco ...
- algebra was hard, but she got there in the end — el álgebra le costó pero finalmente logró entenderla
2(to become)to get married — casarse
- to get dressed — vestirse
- to get used to sth — acostumbrarse a algo
- to get lost — extraviarse
- get lost! — ¡vete a pasear / al diablo!
- your dinner's getting cold — se te está enfriando la cena
- he got very angry — se puso furioso
- they get tired easily — se cansan con facilidad
- he got that way after his wife died — se puso así cuando murió su mujer
- to get tough — ponerse duro
- let's get started — vamos a empezar
3informal(to be)she gets invited to lots of parties — la invitan a muchas fiestas
- one of their players got injured — uno de sus jugadores se lesionó
- the bike got stolen — se robaron la bicicleta
- you'll have to wait till I get paid — vas a tener que esperar hasta que cobre
4to get to + inf(to come to, to reach a state)llegar ahe never thought he'd get to be president — nunca pensó que llegaría a ser presidente
- you'll get to like it eventually — vas a ver como termina por gustarte
- I never really got to know him — nunca llegué a conocerlo de verdad
5to get to + inf(to come to, to reach a state, to have the opportunity to)as a diplomat one gets to meet many interesting people — como diplomático uno tiene la oportunidad de conocer a mucha gente interesante
- when do we get to open the presents? — ¿cuándo podemos abrir los regalos?
6Britishinformal(to start)ponerse a + infto get -ing — ponerse a + inf
- to get to -ing
- she got talking to them — entabló conversación con ellos
- right, let's get moving! — bueno, ¡pongámonos en acción (/ en marcha etc. )!
- then I got to thinking — entonces me puse a pensar
- I can't stand that other smarmy get.
- Stupid get! O my God, how you stick yourself I'll never know!
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