I have been talking with a person from US and when I said something like this:

They do not get on well with others

She didn´t understand me at first, but later she said that was a funny sentence and they do not used to say like that.

Another example with this expression:

Choose people who are likely to be with the CMC for some time, who are steady and reliable and get on well with others.

I know there is another phrasal verb used for this purpose: get along

Now almost everybody likes to play and get along with each other

  • Is the expression "get on well" used with the same meaning in UK and US?
  • Is there any different shade of meaning between both expressions?
  • How often are both expressions used in UK/US?

Note: There is the chance that she said something different because this happened time ago and I do not remember very well.

  • Interesting dictionary entry; it indicates either form is just fine.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 16, 2018 at 0:59

2 Answers 2


Both expressions have the same meaning, but there is a significant difference in frequency of use between the US and UK.

This NGram shows that get along with is the preferred expression in the US, and get on [well] with is the preferred expression in the UK.

  • 2
    Your chart isn't an n-gram. Rather, it's comparing two different n-grams, get on well with and get along with. N-grams are strings of n grams, in this case words. The word n-gram does not specifically refer to Google Books Ngram Viewer or the charts it generates showing the frequency of n-grams over time, so although this is a good answer, it's slightly confusing as worded.
    – user230
    Commented Jun 16, 2018 at 11:36

One of the meanings of the phrasal verb "get on" is "to have a good relationship". Cambridge Dictionaries lists it for UK and US usage and mentions "get along" as a UK variant.

Get on (Cambridge)

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