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    I was killed/I got killed?

    Would you pls explain me, What is the difference between I was killed and I got killed?

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    Re: I was killed/I got killed?

    They have a similar meaning, but I would use get in less formal language, and normally for accidents or unexpected events, so I wouldn't use it for an execution, for instance.

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    Re: I was killed/I got killed?

    Going further on Tdol's ideas I'd say:

    Any time where there is no killer I'd use "got killed."
    Any time when it is known that a person was killed by a person, I'd use "was killed."

    E.g.:
    Anne Boylen was killed by Henry VII.
    The brave soldier was killed in the battle.
    The brave soldier got killed when the tree crushed him.

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    Smile Re: I was killed/I got killed?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkLightA View Post
    Going further on Tdol's ideas I'd say:

    Any time where there is no killer I'd use "got killed."
    Any time when it is known that a person was killed by a person, I'd use "was killed."

    E.g.:
    Anne Boylen was killed by Henry VII.
    The brave soldier was killed in the battle.
    The brave soldier got killed when the tree crushed him.

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    Re: I was killed/I got killed?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkLightA View Post
    Going further on Tdol's ideas I'd say:

    Any time where there is no killer I'd use "got killed."
    Any time when it is known that a person was killed by a person, I'd use "was killed."

    E.g.:
    Anne Boylen was killed by Henry VII.
    The brave soldier was killed in the battle.
    The brave soldier got killed when the tree crushed him.
    That last one sounds odd to me. I'd have no problem with saying that the poor guy was killed when the tree fell on him. Just an opinion, though.

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    Re: I was killed/I got killed?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    That last one sounds odd to me. I'd have no problem with saying that the poor guy was killed when the tree fell on him. Just an opinion, though.
    I don't like it much, either. I suspect that my dislike simply comes from an old-fashioned prejudice against passives formed with GET.

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    Re: I was killed/I got killed?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I don't like it much, either. I suspect that my dislike simply comes from an old-fashioned prejudice against passives formed with GET.
    I agree, I don't like that use of get either.
    Also, Anne Boleyn wasn't killed by Henry VIII, she was condemned by him. Someone else did the killing.

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