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    #1

    Cool getting vs going

    You are getting home.

    VS

    You are going home.

    1. What's the differences between two sentences?

    2. Why we can use the word "get", why do not use the word "go" in English countries?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: getting vs going

    The problem is with "you are". Normally, The speaker would say "I am going home" and "I am getting home".

    In that case, the second means that he is getting ready to leave or has recently left. In the first, he is close to his home.

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    #3

    Re: getting vs going

    In this situation, can I say "He is getting home"?
    Too many walkers surround us at outside. Tom is wounded in his leg.
    He thinks I can't go. Please tell my wife "I love her forever."

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    #4

    Re: getting vs going

    What do the last four sentences have to do with the first?

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    #5

    Re: getting vs going

    Maybe I try adding the person name...
    Tom: Too many walkers surround us at outside. My leg is wounded.
    I think I can't go. Please tell my wife "I love her forever."
    Mary: Don't worry. You are getting home.

    Is it better now?

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    #6

    Re: getting vs going

    It would be better with "you are going home".

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    #7

    Re: getting vs going

    MikeNewYork,
    I dont agree with you.
    Firstly, I thank you your comments.
    But, secondly, you explained on post #2, Tom is wounded and can't go. He is not already left.
    And then, Mary is fine, she can escape the walkers and return to the safe place(home).
    So, I think "we are getting home" is better than "we are going home" which you suggested.

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    #8

    Re: getting vs going

    Feel free to disagree.

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    #9

    Re: getting vs going

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    So, I think "we are getting home" is better than "we are going home"
    I think 'getting' means 'arriving' here. Would you consider it better?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: getting vs going

    Tom: Too many walkers surround us at outside. My leg is wounded.
    I think I can't go. Please tell my wife "I love her forever."
    Mary: Don't worry. You are getting home.


    Part of the problem with deciding between 'go' and 'get' is that this little dialogue is completely unnatural. The following is rather less unnatural.

    Tom: There are too many people standing around. My leg is injured.
    [I don't really see the connection between these two statements.] I don't think I can go on / I don't think I can go any farther. Please tell my wife I will always love her. [This melodramatic sentence sounds as though Tom thinks he is dying.]

    Mary: Don't worry. We'll get you home. [= We will make sure that you arrive home.]
    Mary: Don't worry. We're getting near home. [= We don't have far to go]

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