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    Get to doing smth Vs. Get doing smth

    Hi! Can you tell me which form is correct? Because says "get TO doing something=to start doing something" while says "get doing something=to start doing something".

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    Re: Get to doing smth Vs. Get doing smth

    The following definitions were quoted from the same dictionary
    '31 get doing something begin doing something'
    '2 get to thinking/wondering something ....informal start thinking something'

    According to the above, I would use 'get to' as long as it is followed by thinking/wondering.

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    Re: Get to doing smth Vs. Get doing smth

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Mirino:

    Here's what the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary (online) says:

    . "We got talking about old times."
    2. "We got to talking about old times."

    That dictionary says that both sentences mean "to start doing something." It analyzes "get to" as a phrasal verb.


    I then did some googling, and it seems that many people consider "get to" as "informal" or "conversational" or "dialectal" (spoken by a particular group of people in a particular part of the country).

    If you want to be "safe," it might be a good idea to use the version WITHOUT "to." In most (all?) cases, most people would accept that version as "correct."


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