You're visiting the countryside with your brother and his family. You need to make a phone call, but your mobile phone isn't connecting because you're too far away from the nearest cell tower. You want to ask your brother if his phone is working, so you ask:
Are you getting any reception?
You use "be getting ___" to talk about something that:
- started in the past
- is still happening now
- will probably continue in the future
- someone (or something) is giving or sending to you
This can be something that is continuous (continuing without stopping) or repeated. A few examples are:
I'm getting a bad feeling from this place.
I think she's getting a really good salary.
Their band is getting a lot of attention lately.
"Reception" is when a phone, a television, or other wireless device gets a clear signal. When you "get reception", it means that you can connect to the wireless service:
I can never get reception out at my parents' house.
When you "have reception" or "are getting reception" you are continuing to be connected. The example at top uses this form.
When you "lose reception" it means that you get disconnected.
Sorry I wasn't able to call you back earlier. I was driving through the mountains and I lost reception.
"Reception" is an uncountable noun, so you should not use "a" with it. In the example above, it's used with the word "any" instead to ask if there is even a small amount of reception.
A similar phrase to "get reception" is "get a signal". "A signal" is countable.
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