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    #1

    get

    Hi All,

    I always get confused to use "get".

    1. I am getting married (why 3rd form of marry here)
    2. I will get it done (again 3rd form of do ...why)
    3. Now I get around ( I am able to move around...is that correct)
    4. I am getting used to it (3rd form of use)
    5. Please get me a glass of water.


    Please correct and guide me to know the right way of using get

    Thanks
    Gauri

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    Re: get

    Quote Originally Posted by gauri_agr View Post
    Hi All,

    I always get confused to use using "get".

    1. I am getting married (why 3rd form of marry here)
    2. I will get it done (again 3rd form of do ...why)
    3. Now I get around ( I am able to move around...is that correct)
    No, you do get around.
    4. I am getting used to it (3rd form of use)
    5. Please get me a glass of water.


    Please correct and guide me to know the right way of using get

    Thanks
    Gauri
    By 3rd form, do you mean the third of "do/did/done"?
    That is called the past participle.
    Verb forms can be learned this way as: present / past tense / past participle. They are the three forms around which all tenses are formed.

    'Get' can be used as a normal verb, as you've done in 3. and 5.
    In 5. you are using the present tense, 'get' for a simple present tense statement. That should be simple. The simple past tense is, "I got a glass of water".

    In 3. you are using the present tense of a phrasal verb, "to get around". Again, straight forward.

    For the other three, you are using "I am getting + <verb>" or "I will get + <verb>. In all cases where you use another verb after a form of 'get', you use the past participle (the 3rd form as you call it). It doesn't matter what tense 'get' is in. 'Get' is the verb that inflects for tense; and the following verb form is always the past participle.

    I get married; I am getting married; I got married; I will get married; I would have got married.
    I'm getting used to it; I got used to it; I will get used to it, etc.
    I get it done; I got it done; I will get it done, I have been getting it done ...

    In sentences like this, you can think of 'get' as an auxiliary/helping verb like 'have' which changes tense while the participle stays the same:
    I have done, I had done, I will have done ...

    So, using 'get',
    i) If it's used as a normal main verb (no other verb form after it) or as part of a phrasal verb, you conjugate it as a main verb.
    ii) If it's a helping verb, you also use the appropriate tense of 'get' (conjugate it like a main verb) and use the past participle of the following verb.

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    #3

    Re: get

    Quote Originally Posted by gauri_agr View Post
    Hi All,

    I always get confused to use "get".

    1. I am getting married (why 3rd form of marry here)
    2. I will get it done (again 3rd form of do ...why)
    3. Now I get around ( I am able to move around...is that correct)
    4. I am getting used to it (3rd form of use)
    5. Please get me a glass of water.


    Please correct and guide me to know the right way of using get

    Thanks
    Gauri
    I think you need to review the concept of passive voice first but I'll try to explain these as best as I can.

    1. The usage (of the verb get) confuses me.
    2. I get confused.
    3. I'm confused.

    Sentence one is in active voice. Sentence two and three are in passive.
    While the sentence three denotes "state," sentence two denotes "change"
    Likewise

    4. I will get him to do it.
    5. I will do it.
    6. I will get it done.
    7. It will be done.

    What you also have to remember is that "get" is very informal. So instead of saying "I'll marry," you say "I'll get married." And instead of "bring(fetch) me a glass of water", you can casually say "bring me a glass of water."

    Lastly, used is an idiom meaning accustomed. It can be used as follows:

    A: Hey, I am not used to this.
    B: Well then, you better get used to it. Because that's the way it is here.

    Hope it helped.

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    #4

    Re: get

    thanks you so much. Do "make" and "let" also work the same way?

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