Re: I've got sb to do sth vs. I've got sb doing sth
Originally Posted by Flash
The first one is the strange one for this collocation, using 'to arrive'. The second is simply the reduced relative form of the third one. The second and third ones sound natural.
1) I've got only one student to arrive on Monday.
The first one seems to me to be fine. It means:
1a) I've got only one student who is to arrive on Monday.
1) & 1a) don't mean the same thing. 1a) is a neutral statement of fact, while 1) seems to suggest a specific command/request of that student to arrive on Monday.
The structure, "get somebody to do something" usually entails an active request/demand but in this case, it doesn't seem [because of the meaning of 1a)]that this one student arriving on Monday has come about because of that type of request/demand.
It could happen of course. Example: I send emails requesting that the students arrive on Monday. Only one agrees to this request, the rest can't make it until later in the week. Then, -->>
1b) I've got only one student [who has agreed] to arrive on Monday.
1c) I've only been able to get one student to arrive on Monday.
Last edited by DBP; 20-Jul-2005 at 23:56.
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