[Grammar] get the city to be destroyed

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The fire got the city to be destroyed


Does it make sense to use " to be" here?
 

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No.

The fire destroyed the city.
The city was destroyed by fire.
 

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Thanks. Could you tell me if it is wrong to use " got + object + to be pp"?
 

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Sure. A drama teacher, after successfully instructing a student to act sad, could say "I got Henry to be miserable".
 

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What about "Don’t get the children to be too excited." ?

Is it ok to use "to be" ?

 
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KJOU said:
What about "Don’t get the children to be too excited"? (Don't use a full stop and a question mark.)

Is it ok to use "to be
"?

No. That doesn't work. I almost wish I hadn't come up with a possible context because I think I've made you believe that there are lots of uses for it. It took me over five minutes to come up with my possible use. I think you should forget that construction and consider it at least unnatural. In most contexts, it would be wrong.

Don't put a space before a question mark.
 
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