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    to get sth. doing and to get something done

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Could you please explain if there is any difference between the two?
    1. to get the car started
    2. to get the car starting.


    No.1
    Could you please explain if I can replace 'started' in the following sentence with 'starting' ?
    It was so cold that I couldn't get my car started this morning.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: to get sth. doing and to get something done

    Hi
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    "Get the car started" sounds like one instance where you manage to start the car after some difficulty.
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    I doubt that I would say "get the car starting". It sounds odd to me.
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    But if I heard someone say "get the car starting", I would not understand a single instance of trying and finally managing to start the car, but rather a general "startable" condition (able to be started, so to speak).
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    Maybe someone else will have a different interpretation, though....
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    EDIT:
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    If you said "get the car going", then I might understand something similar to "get the car started".
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    Re: to get sth. doing and to get something done



    Hi Philly,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang






    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi
    .
    "Get the car started" sounds like one instance where you manage to start the car after some difficulty.
    .
    .
    I doubt that I would say "get the car starting". It sounds odd to me.
    .
    But if I heard someone say "get the car starting", I would not understand a single instance of trying and finally managing to start the car, but rather a general "startable" condition (able to be started, so to speak).
    .
    Maybe someone else will have a different interpretation, though....
    .
    .
    EDIT:
    PS
    If you said "get the car going", then I might understand something similar to "get the car started".

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    Re: to get sth. doing and to get something done

    But to address the specific usage mentioned in the title of this string, as far as BE is concerned this is a regional thing. In Standard English the correct form is 'to get something done'. Northern speakers often use "doing". I had an English teacher, educated in Durham though I don't know if he was born up there, who would say things like 'I want this homework doing'. My father, from Lancashire, made this mistake as well.

    (In AE I suspect the 'doing' variant doesn't exist. The Founding Fathers spoke a southern dialect.)

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    Re: to get sth. doing and to get something done

    Dear BobK,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see the difference.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But to address the specific usage mentioned in the title of this string, as far as BE is concerned this is a regional thing. In Standard English the correct form is 'to get something done'. Northern speakers often use "doing". I had an English teacher, educated in Durham though I don't know if he was born up there, who would say things like 'I want this homework doing'. My father, from Lancashire, made this mistake as well.

    (In AE I suspect the 'doing' variant doesn't exist. The Founding Fathers spoke a southern dialect.)

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    Re: to get sth. doing and to get something done

    We are having our tap dripping nowadays? would be OK considering the fact that the action of dripping is still going on.:) But as much as I see, your sentence does not give such a meaning. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by it s me View Post
    We are having our tap dripping nowadays? would be OK considering the fact that the action of dripping is still going on.:) But as much as I see, your sentence does not give such a meaning. :)
    No.
    "Our tap has been dripping lately". (Closest to what you mean) or
    "Our tap is dripping".
    "We have a dripping tap".
    "Lately we've had a dripping tap".

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