[Vocabulary] get involved in/ get involved with

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Hello!

Is there a difference between "get involved in" and " get involved with"?
 

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Yes, there could well be!
Can you give us some sentences/contexts to work with?
 

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Please write a complete sentence using one or both of these phrases.

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Quoting from Longman dictionary:

"I don’t want to get involved in some lengthy argument about who is to blame."


"Landel has been involved with the Hercules project for years."
 

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I don’t want to get involved in some lengthy argument about who is to blame.
You cannot use "with" instead of "in" in that sentence.

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Landel has been involved with the Hercules project for years.
You can use either "with" or "in" in that sentence.
 

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So, it's just about feeling what sounds better:roll:?
 

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So, [STRIKE]it's[/STRIKE] is it just about [STRIKE]feeling[/STRIKE] what sounds better? :roll:
No. The use of prepositions is complex and not easy to learn/memorize. However, with continued exposure (reading and listening) to natural English, you'll get better at it.
 

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Thank you for correcting my sentence:-D!
 

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Thank you for correcting my sentence! :-D
You're welcome. Note that emoticons go after punctuation marks. ;-)
 

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:oops:!!!!! No more writing- no more mistakes!:lol:
 

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Here's another example for you.

I'm sorry that I got involved with her. :tick: [That means I'm sorry I got into a relationship with her.]
I'm sorry that I got involved in her.
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That's clear. When " get involved" has to do with a relationship, it is always " get involved with".

Although I've taken up too much of your time, I can't resist asking another similar question:



connection with
:Mr O'Hara had no known connection with terrorist activity.
connection to :Williams apparently has no connection to the case.

What could help me differentiate between these two?! If it's the same case as with "get involved", I know the answer: "It takes more exposure to the English language". So, I'm off to study harder....!:cry:
 

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connection with :Mr O'Hara had no known connection with terrorist activity.
connection to :Williams apparently has no connection to the case.
Either "to" or "with" can work in those sentences.

I'm glad to hear that you're determined to study hard. :)
Here's something that may help you with the above.
Try searching for phrases such as "got involved with", "get involved with", "got involved in", "get involved in", "had no connection to" and "had no connection with" in the following sites and see what results you get.

www.fraze.it
http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/x.asp?r1=&w=1024&h=600
http://corpus.byu.edu/bnc/

For the first site, use double quotes with the phrase.
 

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That's clear. When "get involved" has to do with a relationship, it is always "get involved with"?

Although I've taken up too much of your time, I can't resist asking another similar question:



connection with:
Mr O'Hara had no known connection with terrorist activity.
connection to: Williams apparently has no connection to the case.
Never put a space after an opening quotation mark or before a colon. Always put a space after a colon.
 
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