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    Smile Can I use get instead of be in BrE? Passive.

    Hello everyone,


    I would like to know whether I can use get instead of be in BrE or it's used in ArE only?

    For more clarification, see here.
    Last edited by saloom2; 01-Apr-2013 at 11:15.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Default Re: Can I use get instead of be in BrE? Passive.

    Hi saloom2
    Not sure.
    Can you give an example of how you want to use it?
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    Default Re: Can I use get instead of be in BrE? Passive.

    I got fired by the boss. the kitchen got fixed. for more clarification, see here.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Default Re: Can I use get instead of be in BrE? Passive.

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    I got fired by the boss. the kitchen got fixed. for more clarification, see here.
    That's fine in informal conversation, but it is not considered acceptable in formal written British English.

    That's a pity, because it would have enabled a useful distinction between state (the door was closed) and action (the door got closed) which exists in some languages.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Can I use get instead of be in BrE? Passive.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That's fine in informal conversation, but it is not considered acceptable in formal written British English.

    That's a pity, because it would have enabled a useful distinction between state (the door was closed) and action (the door got closed) which exists in some languages.
    Such as AmE...

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    Default Re: Can I use get instead of be in BrE? Passive.

    Well, I'm so sorry but I just want to ask if I can use that kind of structure in the informal letters of my exam. Can I? Or it's too informal to be used in an exam?
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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