Student or Learner
Have you ever gotten yourself into trouble by reading of an elementary text? Sometimes the simplest things are a mystery to you.
I have just read an answer of the question “What is the difference between “dress” and “get dress”. I came up against a difficulty when the expression “in register” struck my eye. (Please see the expression in bold bellow)
What is difference between the following two sentences?
The children went upstairs to dress.
The children went upstairs to get dressed.
“The difference is in register.”
The first sentence is very formal, vaguely archaic, and a bit elevated.
The second sentence is more general and everyday in round. Both are perfectly correct grammatically but they are different in register.
I know the following interpretation of the expression in question namely “in register” = when it is faithful to the original. When it is “out register” it may be blurry and look like 3-D comic book picture.
Would you be kind enough explain to me the proper meaning of the expression in question?
Thank you for your efforts.
Thank you for your prompt reply as well as for your profound explanation.