get round to: meaning and explanation

to get round/around to something = to do something which you had been planning to do or wanted to do for a while.

If you finally get round to doing something, it means that you had wanted or needed to do something for a while, and eventually found the time to do it. e.g. I finally got round to fixing that dripping tap.

This expression is often used negatively when you are explaining that you didn’t have time do do something, e.g. I didn’t get round to taking the dog for a walk = I was planning on taking the dog for a walk, but I didn’t have time or had too many other things to do.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Scotland

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I to doing taxes – done months .
I finally round to doing taxes – I should done them months .

About the sentence

…I should have done them months ago…

The structure should have + past participle is used to communicate a regret about something you did or didn’t do in the past. e.g. I should have gone to bed earlier last night – I feel exhausted..

Micro-listening #2

Accent: North America

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I going for at the never seem .
I always on going for a at the but I never seem to around to .

About the sentence

…I always plan on going…

Notice the useful structure to plan on doing sth, e.g. I’m planning on working late tonight, so don’t expect me home until about 10.

Micro-listening #3

Accent: Ireland

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I to watching you . It wasn't of thing .
I finally round to watching film you . It wasn't my kind of thing to be .

About the sentence

…it wasn’t really my kind of thing

Saying that something isn’t really your kind of thing is a more indirect (and possibly more polite) way of saying that you don’t like something. e.g. Musicals aren’t really my kind of thing, but thanks for the invitation.