What’s the meaning difference of “get to”?

  1. He started getting to family dinners on time.
  2. He started having family dinners on time.

Is there any meaning difference by adding “getting to” on the first sentence?


Your two sentences may mean the same thing—or they may not. It depends on how you interpret getting to.

Unless the he in the sentence is responsible for hosting or cooking family dinners, a different similarity in meaning could be:

  1. He started getting to family dinners on time.
  2. He started arriving at family dinners on time.

Note that I would say the same thing if the sentence read she started getting to. My assumption has nothing to do with gender, but the meaning of the phrase getting to.

Some possible alternate sentences that include getting to in the arriving at sense:

She starting getting to work at 8:30 every morning.
They started getting to airports a couple hours early to make sure they didn’t miss their flights.
We won’t be getting to the cottage this weekend.

Of course, you could also mean getting to in the doing or having sense that you originally used:

He started getting a newspaper delivered every morning.
You started getting salads for your lunches.
They started getting their activities monitored by the spy across the street.

So, your two sentences only mean the same thing in one sense. It depends on what you are trying to express in the first sentence.

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