“I should get going.”

English Lesson: I should get going.

You're visiting a friend's house and you've been there for a while. You say this because you think that your friend is probably ready for you to leave.

I should get going.

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Say "I should get going" when you're ready to leave somewhere:

Well, I guess I should get going.

This sounds softer and friendlier than "I should go".

"Get ___ing" means to start doing something. It's used in casual speech. But this structure that can't be used for just any verb. Only a few good examples come to mind:

  • get going
  • get moving (often used when leaving your house)
  • get the ball rolling (to start a process or a project)