Could you tell me in what contexts I use get home and get back home. For example, which one I use in the following context?

I am going out to meet up with some friends.I will get home/get back home in an hour.

Are there situations where I would use get home but not get back home and the other way around?

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    You might use get back home if you were speaking to someone that you live with - seeing your absence from home from their point of view - or in relation to the length of time the house had been empty. But there are no rules about it. Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 8:38

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In British English we tend to say "get back home" to indicate that we are returning, or returning for a specific reason. We might also just say "get back".

To be honest though, in the context of your example where you are still at home when you say it (you are announcing that you are going out), it would be more natural to say:

I am going out to meet up with some friends.I will be home in an hour.


I am going out to meet up with some friends.I will be back in an hour.

  • Thank you for the answer! Let's say I went out for groceries I am already back. Do I say I "I just got home" or "I just got back home"? Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 10:02
  • @DmytroO'Hope Honestly, either. "Back" suggests you made a round trip, ie you went out and then came back.
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    Commented Jun 12, 2020 at 10:57
  • @DmytroO'Hope Hi. If this answer (or any in general) helps you solve your problem, you should upvote them. This rewards the answerer a bit. You don't need to do this, but it is generally a good thing to do. :)
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    Commented Jun 13, 2020 at 4:29

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