#37 – TO GET BACK TO SOMEONE ON SOMETHING


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= to call, email or speak to someone later because you’re too busy to deal with it right now.
“Sorry, I’m a bit tied up at the moment. Can I get back to you on that later?”

Transcript
Hello everybody.

Today’s phrasal verb is TO GET BACK TO someone ON something.

TO GET BACK TO someone ON something

Yesterday we had TO GET something BACK and TO GET somebody BACK FOR doing something like “to take revenge”.

Today’s TO GET BACK TO someone ON something, and this means to call someone or email someone or just speak to someone later because right now you’re too busy to deal with it.

Okay?

It’s very common at work. When you’re trying to speak to someone who’s busy.

You know?

You might say:

– “Sorry, I’m a bit busy. Can I GET BACK TO you ON that later?”, for example.

Okay?

So, here’s a situation, it could be a phone call

[phone] – ring… ring…

[phone] – ring… ring… ring…

Jeff – “Hello?”

Luke – “Hello, is that… is that Jeff?”

Jeff – “Yeah. That’s right. This is Jeff. Is that Luke?”

Luke – “Yes, it is. Hi! I was just wondering if you’d had a chance to look at those figures that I’d sent you?”

Jeff – “Oh, sorry Luke. I haven’t had a chance. I’ve been a bit tied up. I’ve been eating a biscuit. Do you think I’ll be able to GET BACK TO you ON that later?”

Luke – “Yeah, sure. Just GET BACK TO me whenever you can. I’ll be in the office all day.”

Jeff – “Okay then, Luke. I’ll GET BACK TO you ON that as soon as possible. Let me just deal with this delicious biscuit, and I’ll call you.:

Luke – “Okay, Jeff. Thanks. Speak to you later”

Jeff – “Speak to you later, Luke”

Luke – “Okay, bye”

Jeff – “Bye, goodbye!”

…and then later on,

[phone] – ring… ring… ring…

[phone] – ring… ring… ring…

Jeff – “Hello?”

Luke – “Hi, Jeff! It’s… it’s Luke again. I was just wondering if you had a chance to GET BACK TO me ON those figures?”

Jeff – “oh, sorry Luke. Still a little bit tied up, eating a donut. It’s delicious.”

Luke – “Okay, do you think you’ll be able to GET BACK TO me ON that at some point today?”

Jeff – “Yeah. I should GET BACK TO you on that later.”

Luke – “Okay. Could you tell me when you might be able to GET BACK TO me ON that?”

Jeff – “Eeeeeee…, it’s a bit tricky. I’m gonna have to GET BACK TO you ON that too, I’m afraid.”

Luke – “Okay. So just to clarify. You’re gonna GET BACK TO me ON the fact that you’re gonna have to GET BACK TO me ON the figures that I sent to you which you weren’t able to GET BACK TO me ON earlier on today? Is that correct?”

Jeff – “Yes, Luke! Exactly! That’s correct and I’ll GET BACK TO you ON all of that just as soon as I’ve eaten this donut. Okay, so…, I expect it should be by the end of the day and I’ll GET BACK TO you ON that properly, and then we sort all of this mess out”

Luke – “Okay, Jeff. Thank you very much. Just, you know, just do GET BACK TO me as soon as you can. I know that the donut are obviously delicious and very important, but these sales figures are crucial. So, please, do GET BACK TO me as soon as you can.”

Jeff – “Okay, Luke. I think the listeners have got it now. I think, they’ve probably got the fact that I’m gonna GET BACK TO you ON that later.”

Luke – “Okay, then Jeff. Great! Well, I don’t wanna hold you up any longer. You’ll GET BACK on that donut. Okay.”

Jeff – “Okay Luke. I’ll. I’m gonna GET BACK TO the donut and I’ll GET BACK TO you ON that…, ON that thing about the figures as soon as I can.”

Luke – “Okay then, Jeff.”

Jeff – “Alright?”

Luke – “Goodbye. Good luck with the donut.”

Jeff – “Thanks a lot. Bye then.”

Luke – “Goodbye”

Slightly ridiculous conversation, but I think you get the idea TO GET BACK TO someone ON something

Alright.

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Goodbye.

  • Denis Paraschuk

    When I get some critical question from my client and don’t have a chance to provide answers immediately, I say the following, for example: “We need some time for reviewing and resolving of this bug. So, I’ll get back to you on that as soon as we carry out with this task”.

    • *as soon as we carry out this task.

      • Denis Paraschuk

        frankly, I added “with” at the last moment – doubted :)

  • María José

    Hi, I´m busy at the moment, can I get back to you on that in a couple of hours? I won´t forget, talk later!

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  • Andrzej

    You know what, Luke? I’d love the fact if you ran your own morning radio program. Of course the world’s economy would suffer from this fact because there won’t be Luke’s English Podcast any longer and it could even collapse and many people could commit suicides as a result, but sorry… Instead, you could entertain billions saying things like “Hello ladies and gentlemen. Today the sun rose in the morning and looks like is going to set in the evening. Don’t take it for granted because nobody can prove it. Sooner or later that day when the sun will not set must come. According to recent American research based on many year studies of tea leaves the Earth is completely flat. Now, the scientists from CERN try to prove this theory therefore they’ve started to build even larger hadron collider than the one they have now. It’s planned to build vital parts of it from tea leaves.” Bye, Luke. Breakfast with you always tastes better.