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get together: meaning and explanation

  • The phrasal verb to get together means to meet or gather with people in the same place. This phrasal verb usually communicates the idea of meeting in an informal, social sense.

Here’s an example:

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About the sentence

…we’ve got a lot to catch up on…

The phrasal verb to catch up (on something) is important and has several related meanings. In this case, the meaning is to get up to date with the latest news, often in a social sense.

e.g. I’m so glad we got a chance to catch up. We should do this more often!

Here’s another example:

  • We can also use the phrasal verb with an object – to get sb together – to communicate the idea of bringing people together or arranging for them to meet.
  • Note that we can use the phrasal verb get sth together to talk about things as well as people:
  • We can use this phrasal verb as a noun, get-together, to talk about a social gathering or informal meeting:
  • Finally, this phrasal verb can be used reflexively – to get yourself together – to communicate the idea of getting organised, functioning more effectively, sorting out your life, and so on:

Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

  • In your country, what are some common occasions or reasons for people to get together?
  • Have you ever had to organise a get-together with friends or family? What steps did you take to plan it, and how did it turn out?
  • In what ways do you think technology (such as social media or video calls) has changed the dynamics of getting together with others? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to these changes?

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