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    the usage of 'get'

    Hi, Teachers.

    I have several questions about the usage of 'get'.

    1. What's the difference of 'get doing' and 'get to do'? How to choose between them while writing? Which of the following sentences are grammatical:
    (1) I got talking to her. OR I got to talk to her.
    (2) How did you get to know that? OR How did you get knowing that?
    (3) One soon gets to like it here. OR One soon gets liking it here.

    2. What's the difference of 'get sb doing' and 'get sb to do'? How to choose between them while writing? Which of the following sentences are grammatical:
    (1) It's hard to get him talking. OR It's hard to get him to talk.
    (2) Can you really get that old car going again? OR Can you really get that old car to go again?

    Thanks in advance.
    Enydia *^_^*

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    Re: the usage of 'get'

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hi, Enydia"
    You asked a good question!

    1. What's the difference of 'get doing' and 'get to do'? How to choose between them while writing? Which of the following sentences are grammatical:
    (1) I got talking to her.
    OR I got to talk to her.=I had a chance to talk to her.
    (2) How did you get to know that?
    OR How did you get knowing that?
    (3) One soon gets to like it here. =One soon is able to like it here.
    OR One soon gets liking it here.

    2. What's the difference of 'get sb doing' and 'get sb to do'? How to choose between them while writing? When "get" means to make something/somebody start doing something, you could use "get" + something/somebody doing something.

    When "get" means to to persuade someone to do something, go ahead and use "get" someone to do something.

    Which of the following sentences are grammatical:
    (1) It's hard to get him talking. It would work, however, try this context:
    Have you got him talking yet?=Have you made him start talking?
    OR It's hard to get him to talk.=hard to persuade him to talk.
    (2) Can you really get that old car going again? Again, Have you got that old car working yet? Have you made that old car start working yet?
    Otherwise:
    OR Can you really get that old car to go again? =Can you really cause it to work?
    This "get" is pretty tricky. Try to use "get somebody/something to do" if in doubt.
    Last edited by banderas; 04-Jun-2008 at 03:41.


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    Re: the usage of 'get'

    (1) I got talking to her.

    There's nothing wrong with this one, Banderas. It means "I became engaged in talking to her".

    So, once I got talking to her, I came to the realization that she wasn't as the press had portrayed her. She wasn't radical at all. Her ideas were carefully measured and carefully thought out.

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    Hi, Riverkid,
    it is good to have you around.Thanks.

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