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For me, it sounds like it is. I would like to know your opinion though. In this sentence: "I have to get back to work.", 'get back' means to return. If I understand correctly when we pronounce phrasal verbs in a sentence we usually stress the particle a bit more than the verb. Am I right?

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  • Yes, get back is a phrasal verb. you can check this link and about stressing, this link can be helpful.
    – amin
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 8:54
  • Thanks for sharing. Your time is greatly appreciated. I think I was right about the stress. According to the link the particle gets the most stress in this situation. Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 9:24
  • I think you are right about where to stress more. Anyway further answers can be helpful.
    – amin
    Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 9:32
  • m.youtube.com/watch?v=xFsuwuoMAvU Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 8:18

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Yes, this is a phrasal verb and the particle is always stressed.

We use get instead of go in situations where we're losing time, or running late, or when someone is wasting time at work, school, etc.

[running late]

It's already 9:15 - I need to get to work.

[wasting time]

Stop looking at your phone and get back to work!

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  • HHmmm. Your example there's no good! When get is stressed, back won't be. Here, because of the imperative, get will be stressed and back therefore won't be. Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 17:04
  • Hmmmm, your English is perhaps no good because GET is never stressed and BACK is always stressed. In an imperative, you say: Get BACK! Nobody would ever say GET back!
    – CocoPop
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 12:24
  • But I have to say it's amusing to have my English corrected in Pidgin English!
    – CocoPop
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 12:26
  • Would you care to explain which bit of my comment was in Pidgin English? Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 14:39
  • Stop talking rubbish and get back to work! Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 14:50

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