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.
    Jun 16 '18 at 0:59

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
    Jun 16 '18 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)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.