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    get sb started

    " It got him started in the film business."
    What does that mean?
    I understand the meaning of get sth done, but I don't understand got sb done.
    he is started?? Is it possible? Don't you think that "to start" is right?
    Could you explain the structure of get sb done with examples?
    I tried looking up the structure in the dictionary but


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    Re: get sb started

    Quote Originally Posted by planet View Post
    " It got him started in the film business."
    What does that mean?
    I understand the meaning of get sth done, but I don't understand got sb done.
    he is started?? Is it possible?
    Could you explain the structure of get sb done with examples?
    I tried looking up the structure in the dictionary but
    It means that he helped the person to start his career.

    It carries the idea of "giving him a start" -- a first chance.

    Many times, unknown people cannot get a first chance (to act in a movie, to get a book published, to get a good job in a special career.) This is sometimes because they have no experience, but in other cases (acting in movies, book publishing) it is because no one wants to risk money on a person whose appeal to the public is unknown.

    No one can tell if the movie-going audience will take a liking to a new actor; no one can predict if the book-buying public will sweep the shelves clear of a new author's book.

    It is much easier for a movie studio to cast Leonardo DiCaprio in a role -- they're sure he'll be "box office." It is an easy call for a book publisher to invest money in a Stephen King novel -- it's sure to be a best seller.

    This is frustrating to the unknown newcomer. He can't get a chance; he can't get started. No one will give him his "break;" no one will get him started on the road to success.

    But sometimes an unknown will find someone who'll take a chance on him and get him started in the film business or in the publishing field. Sometimes an unknown will find somebody who will give him his start, give him his big break, get him started on his career, start him in the film industry.


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    Re: get sb started

    Thanks for your reply
    Do you mean that it helped him to start his career in the film business?
    so, Do you mean 'get sb done' means 'sb is helped to do something"?


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    Re: get sb started

    Do you mean that it helped him to start his career in the film business?

    I think the meaning is that he GAVE him his start -- he actually hired him for his first job or gave him his first role in a film, even though he was an unknown person.

    After this big break, other film companies will be willing to hire him too, now, because he will no longer be an unknown.


    OTHER USES OF "GET SOMEONE STARTED"
    - The teacher got the students started on their homework.
    - The boss got the new worker started on her duties.
    - The parents got the kids started on their homework.
    - Reading that book got him started on a life-long interest in astrology.
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    so, Do you mean 'get sb done' means 'sb is helped to do something"?

    But he didn't "get somebody DONE." He got sb STARTED.


    To "get done" is a slang term unrelated to this passage.
    - to get someone murdered
    - to get a dirty trick or bad deed played on someone

    It is related to "done in" and "undone." These mean "sunk, torpedoed, wrecked, damaged, destroyed."

    "I done him," said the murderer, "because he stole my wife."
    "I got him done by a hired assassin."

    "I done my boss yesterday -- I dimed him out to the Feds."
    "I got him done by the secretary. She was the one I had make the call."

    This is highly ungrammatical and slangy speech.
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    "to get somebody done" can also be used to mean
    - to get someone fixed up with a sex partner

    "I got Jarred done last night," his friend said. "I introduced him to a girl who'll do anyone."
    This makes use of a slang expression ("to do someone") as a term for "having sex with"
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    To "get sb to do something" is different. That means that you induced someone to go along with your wishes.
    - I finally got the kids to pick up their toys.
    - I never got my dog to sit when I told him to,
    - Did you ever get that girl to give you her number?


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    #5

    Re: get sb started

    Ann1977, Thanks a lot.


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    Re: get sb started

    Quote Originally Posted by planet View Post
    Ann1977, Thanks a lot.
    No problemo.

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