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‘To get’ is a notoriously difficult word to translate into German as it has so many different meanings in English. My rule of thumb is: for ‘receive’ I go with either ‘erhalten’, ‘bekommen’ or ‘kriegen’. My understanding is that ‘erhalten’ is the most formal and ‘kriegen’ the least. With ‘bekommen’ the most common (neutral). In English we use ‘to get’ ...

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