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Is this sentence correct?
You must hurry and get well!
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Last edited by Silverobama; 16-Jan-2011 at 14:10.
Need help, thanks.
Is it an idiomatic expression in U.S.?
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In my opinion, I guess "hurry up" implies a sense of finishing to do something.
"Hurry up or we'll be late" was very famous when I was in primary school.
But we can see from this sentence, for example, hurry up we'll miss the train, that what we can do is to hurry up and catch the train, that's what we can do. But if I say "You must hurry and get well", I do believe I am talking to someone who lies in bed because of ill-health, or he/she doesn't necessarily lie in bed, maybe someone who got cancer. But either situation strongly implies a sense, at least to me, that the thing we wish someone to do might probably be something that they can't do.
Put simply, "Hurry up or we'll miss the train", if we hurry up, we won't miss the train. "You must hurry and get well", if you hurry you might not get well.
I am sorry for my bad diction of my ideas, but I have done my utmost. This is my humble opinion of the nuance of the sentence.
I understand your thought, but I don't feel the same.
We are unlikely to say "hurry up and get well" to someone who is dying of cancer, but we might say it encouragingly to someone who (we both know) is actually going to take a long time to recover.
There is no idea at all that, if they don't hurry up, they won't get well. We are simply hoping for a recovery as quickly as possible.
Certainly, there can be a variety of correct responses depending on many different situations in which the statement(s) are spoken/written. Such is the case with your original post. Is the sentence "hurry and get well" correct (grammatically)? YES. Should the statement be used with discretion depending on the person's illness or degree of illness AND/OR the person's knowledge of the seriousness of the illness? YES. Are there situations in which one could use it as a means of encouragement and hope for one to recover quickly ? YES.