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    Get listened to

    Yet, despite this, we all know those people who manage to command attention. People who speak with gravitas and authority. People who get listened to.

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    Get listened to mean?

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    Re: Get listened to

    People who receive close attention when they speak.
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    Re: Get listened to

    What's the difference between

    People who get listened to.

    People who listened to.
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    Re: Get listened to

    The second one is ungrammatical. As it stands it doesn't mean anything.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Get listened to

    If you amend the second to "people who are listened to", it means nearly the same thing. Get adds a more active sense (after all, it's in a sentence in the active voice).
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    Re: Get listened to

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    If you amend the second to "people who are listened to", it means nearly the same thing. Get adds a more active sense (after all, it's in a sentence in the active voice).
    people who are listened to <~Is it a passive voice?
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    Re: Get listened to

    What does "<~" mean?
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    Re: Get listened to

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Get adds a more active sense (after all, it's in a sentence in the active voice).
    I'm not sure what you mean here. The sentence is a kind of passive.

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    Re: Get listened to

    I didn't know to get verbed was considered a passive, but that does make sense. I meant that when I hear people who get listened to I imagine that the listeners are a little more engaged than those hearing a person who is listened to.

    Now that I try to express the distinction I thought I felt, I'm not sure it really exists.
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    Re: Get listened to

    It's considered a 'get-passive'.

    If there is a difference in meaning here between the be and get forms, with get listened to it's that the people who are getting listened to are probably actively trying to get listened to whereas with be listened to, there's no such nuance. So there is some kind of active nature there I suppose. Maybe.

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