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alan

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we usually say "let's get started" instead of "let's get started".
but i know get+ing means we begin to do sth...
then what is the reason here to use "get started" ?
 

Casiopea

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get isn't the main verb:

Let's get started ~ Let us get started ~ Allow us to get started.

Let's run, sleep, walk, go, eat, have, etc. (Base verbs)
 

Steven D

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alan said:
then why dont we use "let's get starting" ???
Sometimes we use the -ing form of a verb with "get".

Let's get moving.

Let's get going.

The verbs "going" and "moving" can indicate actions that happen over a period of time. Once you start moving or going, it is possible to continue. However, once you start, you cannot continue to start. You can continue what you started to do, but the "starting" is complete. So we don't say, "Let's get starting."

Sometimes it occurs with the past of "get".

When we finally got to talking about it, it took a long time for the conversation to end.

Once again "talking" is something that can happen over a period of time. Therefore, the -ing form of the verb can work in this way.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22we+got+to+talking%22

Also, sometimes the -ed form doesn't work just as the -ing form doesn't work.

Let's get gone. - No, not okay.

Let's get moved. - No, not okay.

Let's get going. - Okay

Let's get moving. - Okay
 
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