Mark Shimada

English Phrasal Verb Practice for “get on” and “get off”

I got off the airplane [ Sono sceso dall’aereo ] in Seattle, Washington. I went to meet my sister. She was waiting at the arrivals area. I walked with her to the car. I didn’t have my wallet. I got on the airplane [ Ho preso l’aereo ] in Amsterdam. I thought I put it in my jacket pocket. I am getting on in my years [ Sono avanti con l’età ] . Was my memory good?

My sister moved to a new house. She was driving me to her new house. She lives there with her daughters. Both her daughters have partners. We got off the freeway [ Siamo usciti dall’autostrada ] . I asked her, “How are you getting on with the kids [ Come va coi tuoi figli ]?”

She replied, “I’m getting on really well [ Va molto bene ] . But, I need to get off their backs [ stare meno loro addosso ] . I think they work too much.”

We arrived at the new home. I needed to get on zoom [ entrare su Zoom ] . I use zoom for online meetings. She asked me, “How are you getting on with your new boss [ come va con il tuo nuovo capo ] ?”

We entered the house. I said, “I got off lightly [ Me la sono cavata ] with a warning from my boss.”

“Why? What happened?” she asked.

“I forgot to include something in a report.” I looked down at my shoes. I said, “Oh no. Look at the mud I got on my shoes [ che mi è finito sulle scarpe ] .”

My sister said, “Don’t worry. Go to your meeting. Take off your shoes. I’ll get off the mud [ mi pulisco via il fango ] .”

I removed my shoes. Then, I went to the kitchen table for my meeting.

My sister said, “I’ll be back. I need to get a package off  [ lasciare un pacco ] to a friend.”

I sat at the table. I noticed some pill containers in the kitchen. My sister came back. I asked, “Who is on medication?”

She replied, “Tina had a hernia operation. She was on painkillers. But, she got off them [ ha smesso di prenderli ] .”

I remembered something. Tina liked to ride horses. I was curious. “Has she gotten back on her horse [ è tornata a cavalcare ] ?”

“Not yet, maybe in a few weeks.” She put the pills in a cabinet.

My meeting ended. I’ll get on with my visit [ continuo la mia visita ] . I was looking forward to spending time with them.





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