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Be + V3 vs. Get + V3 What is the difference in meaning of phrases built with either on structures? Be drunk vs. Get drunk Be dressed vs. Get dressed
Aug 13, 2019 12:54 AM
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One is the result of the other. Get dressed = Action of putting your clothes on (getting dressed is the opposite of taking your clothes off) Be dressed = State of having clothes on( being dressed is the opposite of being naked) Your friend messages you early in the morning and invites you out for breakfast - you're still in your pyjamas. You message back and say 'OK, I just need to get dressed'. You put on your shirt, trousers, shoes etc and then message back 'Right, I'm dressed now', I'll be there in a minute'. Likewise, 'get drunk' is the action of drinking alcohol - maybe sharing some beers with your friends in the pub. 'Be drunk' is the result - maybe when it's time to go home and you realise that you can't walk in a straight line. You sensibly decide to leave your car where it is and take a taxi home.
August 13, 2019
Dictionaries are static. ITalki or similar forums help.
August 13, 2019
One is a state of being (be sick) and one is an action (get sick) (= on the way to being sick)
August 13, 2019
Dictionaries are useful. Oxford Learner's Dictionaries definition 11 Google is useful. google "what is the difference between the verbs get and be?"
August 13, 2019
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