Get on with

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Type: Phrasal Verbs
Originally published on February 28, 2023 and last updated on May 8, 2023

Conversation practice centered around the phrasal verb “get on with” is a beneficial topic for English learners as it not only improves their understanding and usage of the phrasal verb itself, but also enhances their overall level of English.

Learning how to use “get on with” in different contexts can help learners communicate more effectively and confidently in everyday situations. By practicing this phrasal verb in conversation, English learners can also improve their listening and speaking skills, as well as their ability to understand and use idiomatic expressions in English.

Review the meaning of the phrasal verb with your students first to make sure they understand how to use it correctly, and then go through the different conversation questions. Ask them to try and include the phrasal verb naturally in their answers.

Meaning and Examples

“Get on with” has multiple meanings and usages:

To have a good relationship with someone. For example:
“I’m trying to get on with my boss, but it’s not easy”.

To continue or to move on to the next thing. For example:
“We can’t just sit around all day. We need to get on with cleaning the house”.

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever had trouble getting on with someone at work?
  • Do you think it's important to get on with your co-workers?
  • What do you think is the key to getting on with your boss?
  • Have you ever found it difficult to get on with your responsibilities at home?
  • Have you ever been part of a group where everyone was able to get on well together? What made it work?
  • In your experience, what do you think is the most important factor in getting on well with others?
  • Do you think it's possible to get on with someone even if you don't always agree with them?
  • Are you having trouble getting on with your studies or your work?
  • Do you have any advice for someone who is trying to get on better with their partner?
  • How are you getting on with improving your English?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.