"Wake up" or "Get up"
Often, we use the phrase “wake up” when we actually mean “get up“, and vice versa. Both are not interchangeable. It is incorrect to say: “I got up at 7:00 a.m. today” when you had actually just opened your eyes at that time! Both sentences below are correct but mean differently:
- Peter woke up in the middle of the night.
- Peter got up in the middle of the night.
“Wake up” means opening your eyes after sleeping.
“Get up” means repositioning your body from a lying down position to stand on the ground.
Sentence #1 actually makes more sense because Peter has to wake up first before getting up.
- When you fall, you have to get up and continue running.
- I’m too lazy to get up; they weather’s so cool and I could continue sleeping.
- They didn’t sleep well because their newborn baby woke up often at night.
- Wake up!! It’s already 9:00 a.m., and you’re late for work.
Some people use the phrase “get out”. Avoid using this phrase. “Get out” generally means leave (somewhere), escape or withdraw.