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    #1

    Get = be

    In formal English are get and be interchangeable ?

    Example-I may be late = I may get late.

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    Re: Get = be

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    Some thoughts from a fellow student.

    Get in this case must be a linking verb. I = late. Late must be a predicative adjective, describing the subject and not being the object. The same is always true for "be".

    But I would strongly prefer "I may be late". Somehow, "I may get late" seems to be incomplete.

    Please correct me, this is rough terrain for me either
    Last edited by virus99; 08-Sep-2013 at 15:00. Reason: wrote prefere instead prefer

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    Re: Get = be

    Quote Originally Posted by sdpegasus View Post
    In formal English are get and be interchangeable ?

    Example-I may be late = I may get late.
    No. "I may get late" is incorrect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Get = be

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post

    Please correct me, this is rough terrain for me, either too.
    Change 'late' to 'delayed' and both versions are fine.

    Rover

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    Re: Get = be

    Quote Originally Posted by sdpegasus View Post
    In formal English are get and be interchangeable ?

    Example-I may be late = I may get late.
    You need another word or more words after "get" to make that work.

    I may get home late.
    I may get there late.
    I may get to work late.

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    #6

    Re: Get = be

    I may get home late.
    I may get there late.
    I may get to work late.

    I understood now the usage of "be and get".

    "I may get delayed" is okay. How about "I may be delayed"? Can "be and get" be used interchangeably in this kind of context?

    Here are more contexts.

    I may be stuck while speaking because of having a week vocabulary.
    I may get stuck while speaking because of having a week vocabulary.
    You may be ousted if you do not work well in your office.
    You may get ousted if you do not work well in your office.

    Note that I believe my question is not unrelated.

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    Re: Get = be

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    "I may get delayed" is okay. How about "I may be delayed"? Can "be and get" be used interchangeably in this kind of context? Yes. Post #4 said so.

    Here are more contexts.

    I may be stuck while speaking because of having a weak vocabulary. OK
    I may get stuck while speaking because of having a weak vocabulary. Better than the above.
    You may be ousted if you do not work well in your office. OK
    You may get ousted if you do not work well in your office. OK
    Rover

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    Re: Get = be

    I agree with Rover's response, but feel that 'ousted' is an unlikely choice of words in the last two sentences. You are more likely to be fired/sacked/dismissed from, or thrown out of an office job.

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    Re: Get = be

    Quote Originally Posted by sdpegasus View Post
    In formal English are get and be interchangeable ?
    No - get can be used in passives instead of be, mostly informally, but they are different verbs and cannot be used interchangeably most of the time. You can get sick and be sick, but they are not synonymous.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Sep-2013 at 16:17. Reason: typo

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    Re: Get = be

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I agree with Rover's response, but feel that 'ousted' is an unlikely choice of words in the last two sentences. You are more likely to be fired/sacked/dismissed from, or thrown out of an office job.
    Unless there's a mob at your door.

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