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    Default Meaning of Get + passive voice

    HELLO,

    Is it correct to take the Get + passive structure to mean: an action occurred suddenly or unexpectedly and the "actor" places blame elsewhere.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by majid72 View Post
    HELLO,

    Is it correct to take the Get + passive structure to mean: an action occurred suddenly or unexpectedly and the "actor" places blame elsewhere.

    Thank you.
    G'day to you Majid. Could you please give some examples? I don't know quite what you mean.

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    HI Riverkid,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I can't give any good examples about but please note the following ones:

    - Jack got hit by a truck because of recklessly driving but he claimed that it
    wasn't his fault.

    -My friends got lost in the jungle last year because of paying no attension
    to the the signs but they believed it was their fate.

    I hope it helped.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Meaning of Get + passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by majid72 View Post
    HI Riverkid,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I can't give any good examples about but please note the following ones:

    - Jack got hit by a truck because of recklessly driving but he claimed that it
    wasn't his fault.

    -My friends got lost in the jungle last year because of paying no attension
    to the the signs but they believed it was their fate.

    I hope it helped.
    Thank you.
    The first sentence, with the passive used, Jack got hit by..., is alright; the verb get (got in your case) is an alternative to was in informal contexts.
    The second sentence, however, doesn't contain the passive - get lost is a phrase that only looks like a passive structure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by majid72 View Post
    HELLO,

    Is it correct to take the Get + passive structure to mean: an action occurred suddenly or unexpectedly and the "actor" places blame elsewhere.

    Thank you.
    Engee has handled well the grammatical aspects of your query, Majid, so I'll try to address your questions above.

    I don't believe that this structure, passive or otherwise, always means "an action occurred suddenly" though many do.

    I gradually got sicker and sicker but I got treated for it finally and mad a complete recovery.

    Neither does it always entail that the actor/speaker places blame elsewhere though especially with the passive the real actor, the one who perfroms the action is responsible, at least for that action taking place.

    I hope that this has helped. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask.

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    Default Re: Meaning of Get + passive voice

    Thanks a lot engee and riverkid for your helpful replies.

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