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    Smile get object to infinitive VS get object ing

    I wonder if the following two sentences are exactly the same.
    One is get object -ing, VN ing.
    The other is get object to infinitive, VN to inf.
    I wonder if there is any difference between them.

    1) I got the clock going. - VN ing
    2) I got the clock to go. - VN to infinitive

    Thank you for reading.
    Last edited by planet; 05-Nov-2009 at 13:19.


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    Re: get object to infinitive VS get object ing

    get+object+X-ing = make sg/sy start X-ing
    get+object+inf. = persuade sy to do X; make sy/sg do sg; this verb pattern connotes the idea of difficulty


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    Smile Re: get object to infinitive VS get object ing

    Sorry, I don't get them.(x, sy, sg??).
    I looked up the meaning- get sb/sth -ing/to inf in the dictionaries.
    But the dictionaries ( longman and oxford) don't explain the difference.
    They say both have the meaning- to make, persuade sb/sth to do sth.
    Someone said, "I got the clock going is only correct".
    But others said, it's possible to use 'going' and 'to go'.
    They confused me. Can you give me a help?
    I really wonder if there is any difference between them.
    I really wanna excape from this confusion.
    Last edited by planet; 05-Nov-2009 at 14:26.


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    Re: get object to infinitive VS get object ing

    sg = something
    sy = somebody
    X = the verb's base form

    Both sentences are grammatical, and there is a subtle difference in meaning.

    #1: I made the clock start working.
    #2: With some difficulty, finally I managed to make the clock work.

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    Re: get object to infinitive VS get object ing

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post

    #1: I made the clock start working.
    #2: With some difficulty, finally I managed to make the clock work.
    I wouldn't make this distinction. They mean the same thing.
    You could put "With some difficulty" before either form if you wanted to make it mean this.

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