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The Get-Passive and Its Uses

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Title: The Get-Passive and Its Uses
Other Titles: Get 受動態とその用法
Authors: Sonoda, Kenji
Authors (alternative): 園田, 健二
Issue Date: 25-Mar-1997
Citation: 長崎大学医療技術短期大学部紀要 = Bulletin of the School of Allied Medical Sciences, Nagasaki University. 1997, 10, p.1-7
Abstract: 本稿ではget受動態のうち受動態であるかどうかの判別がやや難かしいと思われるget born,get carried away,get involved (in)など10のget+p.p.形についてこれらが受動態に属するか属しないかを論じ,あわせて,get受動態のいくつかの用法を多くの引用を交えながら論じた. / Not all the get+-ed participle forms are true passives. Many of them are not in the passive voice. For instance, get hurt, get dressed, get lost, etc. are not in the passive voice. However, of the get+-ed participle forms there are some that look morphologically like passives but in fact they are not, and vice versa. For example, is get born a true passive? What about get involved (in)? It is these seemingly confusing get+-ed participle forms that I am here concerned with. I take up 10 of these get+-ed participle forms here. As for get born, it seems not to be a passive structure. In regard to get involved, and get involved in, either they are passive or they are not passive, depending on passivity. The get-passive is used in a number of ways. For instance, it can be used without a by-phrase more frequently than the be-passive. Yet sometimes it can be followed by a by-phrase. When is it followed by a by-phrase? The get-passive, it seems to me, is followed by a by-phrase chiefly when the speaker is afraid that without the by-phrase the hearer or the reader might fail to comprehend fully what he is going to say. And it must be added further that besides the use of a by-phrase, some other uses of the get-passive are referred to here.
Keywords: The get-passive / Its uses / Colloquialism
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/18255
ISSN: 09160841
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 10

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/18255

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