#39 – TO GET BY


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= to have just enough of something to be able to do what you need to do
“my French is not very good, but I can get by”
Get by + on… Money
“It’s really hard to get by on a minimum wage “

Transcript

Hello everybody in the Universe. Today’s phrasal verb is “to get by”. “To get by” and this means to have just enough of something to be able to do what you need to do, alright? So, to have just enough of something to be able to survive or to be able to manage a situation to get by, alright? For example I might say

– My French is not very good but basically I can get by

okay? For example. I can, you know, buy bread in a supermarket or that kind of thing. I can basically get by in a conversation but my French is not very good, alright? We typically use it with reference to money for example. It’s like

– I don’t have much money so it’s going to be really hard to get by this month

Or for example

– Many people living on a minimum wage find it very difficult to get by

And when you’re talking about money you can use the preposition ‘on’, okay? So,

– When I was a student I had to get by on just a 100 pounds a week

okay? To get by on certain amount of money, okay? That’s it. That’s it for this one. Just a short one. Speak to you again tomorrow. Bye!