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The movie ended. We told Grandma good night.It was a balmy summer evening, perfect for the motorcycle, Tom said I should ride home with him, we’d get the car tomorrow. He revved the engine, waiting for me to climb on. I took a step toward him, then remembered the math book on Grandma’s table. “You go,” I said. “I’ll be right behind you.”

What's the meaning of get the car here?


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According to Cambridge Dictionary


to go somewhere and bring back someone or something

For the context that you provide, they had two vehicles, a car and a motorcycle, but they rode home using just one of them, the motorcycle, leaving the other. They have to return at some point in the future (tomorrow) to recover the car.

go to Grandma's house (somewhere) to bring back the car (something)

  • I added some more text. It shows that Tom has a motorcycle. Does he suggest both of them go by his motorcycle and tomorrow bring back the car?
    – user75674
    May 22, 2018 at 9:28
  • Yes, he does. Updated my answer.
    – RubioRic
    May 22, 2018 at 9:30

Ditto to RubioRic's answer. I upvoted it. Let me just add:

It's common in American English, at least, to talk about "getting the car", meaning to leave the building you are in, find the car in the parking lot or wherever you left it, and bring it back to the building to pick up any other people with you. As in, "You can wait here. I'll get the car." Or if you were alone, just to retrieve your car and leave. Like, "Bye everybody! I'm going to get my car and go home."

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