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    Default worried? can you help me?

    i met with a question:
    The law gets most parents __________.
    A. worried B. to worry
    the key is ' worried' . but why ' to worry ' is not right? it seems that we can say ' get someone to do' .
    thanks.

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    Default Re: worried? can you help me?

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwilliam1972 View Post
    i met with a question:
    The law gets most parents __________.
    A. worried B. to worry
    the key is ' worried' . but why ' to worry ' is not right? it seems that we can say ' get someone to do' .
    thanks.
    Hi wuwilliam,

    See the following forms:

    (have something done)


    (get something done)


    these two forms usually tends more to be in a passive sense, in other words, they are used when you arrange for somebody to do something for you. e.g.:
    I had my car repaired: this means that you arranged for somebody to repair your car for you. i.e. your car was repaired by someone(NOT by you).


    I got my car repaired: exactly same
    But, assume I said 'I had/got my car to repair', it doesn't sound good at all. Thus, same thing applys to your example.

    Good Luck

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    Default Re: worried? can you help me?

    Quote Originally Posted by wuwilliam1972 View Post
    i met with a question:
    The law gets most parents __________.
    A. worried B. to worry
    the key is ' worried' . but why ' to worry ' is not right? it seems that we can say ' get someone to do' .
    thanks.
    The problem with option B is that the sentence ends right after it. It would be fine if there was something to finish "to worry".

    The law gets most parents to worry about their children's safety.

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