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    Get+ v-ing or infinitive?

    By laying the foundation in front of us, Mrs Liztbeth got me more interested in the area and feeling at ease tackling more complicated poems
    or
    By laying the foundation in front of us, Mrs Liztbeth got me more interested in the area and feel at ease tackling more complicated poems
    ?

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    Re: Get+ v-ing or infinitive?

    Hi

    I think we should use past participle:

    He get the car repaired.
    He get me felt curious.

    By laying the foundation in front of us, Mrs Liztbeth got me more interested in the area and felt at ease tackling more complicated poems

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    Re: Get+ v-ing or infinitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    By laying the foundation in front of us, Mrs Liztbeth got me more interested in the area and feeling at ease tackling more complicated poems
    or
    By laying the foundation in front of us, Mrs Liztbeth got me more interested in the area and feel at ease tackling more complicated poems
    ?
    I'm not sure what you are saying in the part in red.


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    Re: Get+ v-ing or infinitive?

    By laying the foundation for us...
    Hey you skipped the main point

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    Re: Get+ v-ing or infinitive?

    I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker.

    I think the sentence could use some restructuring as a whole. Here is my edit:

    "By showing us the basics, Mrs. Liztbeth piqued my interest and made me feel at ease with trying more complicated poetry."

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    Re: Get+ v-ing or infinitive?

    By laying the foundation in front of us, Mrs Liztbeth got me more interested in the area and feeling at ease tackling more complicated poems
    Take
    Mrs L got me feeling at ease tackling more complicated poems
    Simplify things:
    Mrs L got me feeling good. She got someone (me) something (feeling good)

    You still have what she got you, unless it is taken from you, and the sense of that is expressed in 'feeling' an ongoing process.

    *Mrs L got me feel good. Here there is a clash of tenses. Past tense got, present tense feel.
    Of course, things are more complicated than that. You will say 'feeling good' is a noun phrase used as an adjective to describe me and so has no tense.

    English was not made yesterday.

    I feel good. In German that would be
    Ich fuehle mich gut.
    I feel me(myself) good.
    Take that sentence from Jacko (modified somewhat):

    Mrs L made me feel good.
    Mrs L machte dass ich mich gut fuehle. (well, 'dass' moves the verb to the end in German, but don't worry.)
    Mrs L made that I me good feel.
    Mrs L made that I me feel good. Me was the object of feel a reflexive verb in Old English (sich fuehlen in German). Over the years, 'that I' got dropped, feel good came to be seen as a noun phrase adjective describing me.

    I don't have empirical evidence that English evolved like this, but I don't think it would be hard to find. All I have here is a library full of Chinese books!
    Last edited by Pedroski; 27-Jun-2009 at 08:26.

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