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    Default diry up / get dirty ?

    Do those have the same meaning, like:
    "it will get you dirty" = "it will dirty you up" ?

    Also, I'd like to ask this question about all verbs where there are two forms: one with "get" and another with a "preposition" (if it's the right name for it).

    Are they completely interchangeable or using "get" somehow alters the meaning?

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    Default Re: diry up / get dirty ?

    While you can say both "it will clean you up" and "it will get you clean" that doesn't work as well with "dirty" - I would opt for "it will get you dirty."

    I don't understand the second part of your question.

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    Default Re: diry up / get dirty ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    While you can say both "it will clean you up" and "it will get you clean" that doesn't work as well with "dirty" - I would opt for "it will get you dirty."
    why?

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    I don't understand the second part of your question.
    It means that often there are two ways of saying something: with "get" and without "get". Like:
    "clean you up" < - > "get you clean",
    "dirty you up" < - > "get you dirty"

    The question is: is it always the same or not? Are there any rules (of thumb) about that?

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    Default Re: diry up / get dirty ?

    I think it's simply idiomatic. The "up" part is the part that sticks in my throat. It would be better to say, "It will dirty you" or better yet, "It will soil you" or "soil your hands".

    "Dirty" isn't used as often as a verb. It is a verb (my dictionary assures me), but it isn't as commonly used as a verb as "clean" is.

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    Default Re: diry up / get dirty ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    It would be better to say, "It will dirty you" or better yet, "It will soil you" or "soil your hands".
    To me, 'soil' sounds rather formal.

    I might expect to see it in writing, but I would probably say, 'It will make you dirty' or, 'You will get dirty'

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