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This exercise practises uses of the verb get indicating a change of state. This construction is made up of get with a present or past participle, e.g. get done or get doing. Look at these sentences:

You have to get washed before you can go out. (= be washed)

We have to wash the car. If we get washing now we'll have finished by 12.00. (= start washing)

Choose the correct verb for each sentence from the list below and put it in one of the participles after get. Some of the verbs are used in both forms. Don't forget to put get in the correct form.

cook (2), read (2), clean(2), pack (2), destroy, teach, work, talk

1. Most of the buildings in the town (1) during the war, and it took a long time to rebuild them.

2. It's almost ten o'clock and there's a lot to do in the office today, so we'd better (2) if we're going to finish by 6.00.

3. When I was at school, I (3) a lot of useless facts and information that I've forgotten now.

4. I met this woman at a party in Paris last week and we (4) . It turned out that we had gone to the same school.

5. John wrote a letter and sent it to the Daily News. The next day it appeared in the paper and (5) by thousands of people.

6. Maria told me that there was still a lot of work to do around the house because she only (6) after lunch.

7. I think the bathroom stuff (7) in the green bag. Can you hand it to me so I can check it?

8. We've got a lot of people coming to dinner tonight so I have to (8) soon if I'm going to have everything ready.

9. I (9) the newspapers and stayed for so long in the library that I completely forgot to post the letters.

10. This hotel is great. When you come to stay your clothes and shoes (10) for free as part of the service.

11. Our plane leaves at 3.00 this afternoon, so we'd better (11) now. I'll get my things from the bathroom. Where are the tickets and the passports?

12. I like staying at this guest house as all my meals (12) for me and I don't have to do them myself.