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Passive with Get           
 

 

The word get is sometimes used instead of be to form the passive. In such cases, get indicates a change in status or condition. For example,

 

I got sick after eating the red meat. (I became sick.)
They will get married tomorrow. (They changed from single to married?)
He got killed in the accident. (Something caused him to die.)

Get is often used in idiomatic expressions. For example,

What time will you get done? (What time will you be finished?)
James got drunk at the party. (He became drunk at the party.)
I hope you get better soon. (I hope you become well soon.)
We got engaged last week. (We became an angaged couple.)


Textbook Recommendation:
Touchy Situations, Chapter 14

See also:
Passive Voice (from English-Zone.com)

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