Today my doubt is about the word “get through”. Basically the meaning is like “finish” something right? Well in this quote “when you get through the homework, I’ll give you more” can I use the word “finish” instead of “get through” for example “when you finish the homework, I’ll give you more”. If its possible replace this word, can you explain me when to use each one?

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To get through (something) means to succeed or finish



  • I've got a stack of paperwork to get through before I can go out.

-- Cambridge Dictionary

The Cambridge dictionary does not describe this phrasal verb as informal, and says it is accepted in British English, American English and "business English".

You may have noticed that to finish sounds more precise. If you want to sound precise, use "to finish".

Yes: You finish a course of study.

Yes: You finish a load of work.

Yes: You finish a competition.

Yes: You finish a race.

"Get through" brings with it a metaphorical image that suggests many obstacles, like getting through a mountain of paperwork or a difficult path through a jungle. If you like this shade of meaning, use "to get through".

To Finish:

Finish Line of a Race

To Get Through:

paperwork jungle -- Photos: Aaron Logan (Wikimedia), Duffy Thibaud (Wikimedia )


Yes: You get through a course of study.

Yes: You get through a load of work.

Maybe: You get through a competition.

Maybe: You get through a race.

Generally, you don't say you "got through" a race, unless you mean to say that it was especially difficult or you are explaining that you had hardships that other people doing the same race didn't have.

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