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    get rid of and be rid of

    Dear teachers,

    I read the following sentences in my dictionary:

    a. I have not gotten rid of my nasty cold yet.
    b. I'm very glad to be rid of my bad cold.

    May I say the two phrases are of the same meaning and interchangeable?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I read the following sentences in my dictionary:

    a. I have not gotten rid of my nasty cold yet.
    b. I'm very glad to be rid of my bad cold.

    May I say the two phrases are of the same meaning and interchangeable?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    They have almost opposite meanings. In the first, the speaker still has the cold; in the second, the person is happy that his cold is gone.

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    Dear Mike,

    Terribly sorry I didn't explain it clearly. What I asked was if 'get rid of' and 'be rid of ' in the two sentences are of the same meaning.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They have almost opposite meanings. In the first, the speaker still has the cold; in the second, the person is happy that his cold is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    Dear Mike,

    Terribly sorry I didn't explain it clearly. What I asked was if 'get rid of' and 'be rid of ' in the two sentences are of the same meaning.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    They are close but not always interchangeable.

    The "get" form often implies an active input from the doer (sometimes slight).
    The "be" form is more stative, more passive (sometimes very subtle).

    In this case "got rid of" puts some of the emphasis on his immune system, while "be rid of" is passive.

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    Dear Mike,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They are close but not always interchangeable.

    The "get" form often implies an active input from the doer (sometimes slight).
    The "be" form is more stative, more passive (sometimes very subtle).

    In this case "got rid of" puts some of the emphasis on his immune system, while "be rid of" is passive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    You're welcome.

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