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 this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Scotland

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

…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.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • I chose the picture on this exercise because I never get round to doing my laundry – I always end up running out of clothes. Is there something that you are always planning on doing but you never get round to it?
  • Can you think of something that you had wanted to do for ages, and then finally got round to doing it?

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