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    Hi,

    What is the meaning of 'I have got to get Liam dressed? I have seen this sentence in an American tv-series, but I couldn't get that. Must it be 'I have got to get Liam to dress?

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    Re: get

    What is the meaning of 'I have got to get Liam dressed? = Liam is probably a little boy who needs help getting dressed. So his mum/dad puts clothes on him in the morning.

    The structure is quite different to


    'I have got to get Liam to dress = In this last case you are telling/trying to convince Liam to get dressed (by himself).

    Hope it helps
    Last edited by shannico; 15-Mar-2012 at 14:28.

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    Re: get

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    What is the meaning of 'I have got to get Liam dressed? = Liam is probably a little boy who needs help getting dressed. So his mum/dad put clothes on him in the morning.

    The structure is quite different to


    'I have got to get Liam to dress = In this last case you are telling/trying to convince Liam to get dressed (by himself).

    Hope it helps

    It's another way of saying "I have to dress Liam".

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    Re: get

    I think I have found...

    get - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    18make somebody/something become something

    [transitive] to make someone or something change to a new feeling, situation, or state:
    Sometimes she gets me so angry!
    Don't get the children too excited.
    He was terrified of getting her pregnant.
    It took them fifteen minutes to get the boat ready.

    Can we use the verb 'make' in this way?

    E.g.
    I have got to make Liam dressed.
    Don't make me too excited.
    Last edited by aysaa; 15-Mar-2012 at 17:37.

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    Re: get

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    I think I have found...

    get - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    18make somebody/something become something

    [transitive] to make someone or something change to a new feeling, situation, or state:
    Sometimes she gets me so angry!
    Don't get the children too excited.
    He was terrified of getting her pregnant.
    It took them fifteen minutes to get the boat ready.

    Can we use the verb 'make' in this way?

    E.g.
    I have got to make Liam dressed.
    Don't make me too excited.
    No, "get" is used instead of a lot of verbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, "get" is used instead of a lot of verbs.
    So much so that I sometimes joke about it with my students and say: when you're stuck for a verb, use GET. Chances are it will work. PLEASE NOTE IT'S ONLY A JOKE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Don't make me too excited.
    Young Bob: He made me so angry!
    Young Bob's mom: No one can make you angry! You do that all by yourself.

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