getaway and get a way

Getaway means:
(1) a location for respite (2) an escape

Get away means:
(1) to escape (2) Unbelievable!
Writers occasionally confuse getaway and get away.


The noun getaway has two meanings:

A location visited to escape daily routine.

An escape.

Get Away

Get away has two meanings:

(As a verb) To escape or to keep away.

(As an interjection) Never or unbelievable.

A Quick Test


The word away is a preposition. To get away is a prepositional verb.

Verbs comprising more than one word (e.g., to get away, to look after, to put off) are known as phrasal verbs. These are usually used in informal circumstances, such as speaking or writing notes or emails. The single-word versions (usually deriving from Latin) are sometimes more appropriate in formal writing.


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