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    #1

    the verb to get

    Hello,

    I'm getting confused about how to use the verb TO GET. It seems to me there is the trendy to replace every other verb with it.

    In your opinion which is the better way to say...

    go/get out
    go/get back
    go/get ahead
    go/get in
    go/get into
    go/get away
    go/get down
    get/become dark
    we have/get a lot of tourists
    you have/get what you pay for

    Is it correct to use both forms ?

    v
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    ps: is it better the form get/got/got or get/got/gotten ?
    Last edited by viriato; 05-Feb-2011 at 08:53.

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    #2

    Re: the verb to get

    In most of your examples, go and get are not interchangeable.

    It's a long post, so I'll make a start. Somebody else might help out.

    'I'll be going out soon.' (I'm simply walking out of the house.)
    'How can I get out of that?' (I need to extricate myself from a tricky situation.)


    'I'll go back home tomorrow.' (I'll leave here and go home.)
    'I'll get back about 4 o'clock.' (That's the time I'll arrive there.)

    (More later if nobody else responds.)

    BE speakers don't normally use gotten.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Feb-2011 at 15:31.

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    #3

    Re: the verb to get

    'Go ahead and ask her to marry you. What are you waiting for?'
    'Work harder if you want to get ahead of the others.'

    go/get in
    go/get into
    go/get away
    go/get down
    In all of those, 'go' simply means 'move'. 'Get' involves some effort or determination.

    get/become dark
    we have/get a lot of tourists
    These are roughly interchangeable - slight differences only.

    Only 'You get what you pay for' is idiomatic.

    Rover

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