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‘Get’ 6: Replacing ‘be’ in the Passive

‘GET’ can replace ‘be’ in the Passive.
She got promoted. = She was promoted.

Read George’s reply to Ellen’s letter and see how ‘GET’ is used in the Passive and with adjectives. You can download a free Study Sheet as a PDF at the end of the post.

If you want to know what Ellen wrote, keep reading the series Get a Life!

Nobody likes to get hurt

Dear Ellen,

Your letter came as a huge surprise. And when I read it I got aware how badly I had misjudged you, how unfair I had been … and I got more and more ashamed of myself. At the same time I really want to thank you for your sincerity, for writing to me, and for sharing your and your partner’s story with me.

You tried so hard be friends with me, but in return you only got snubbed. But that’s not me. I may not be the most sociable of people, but nobody ever gets ignored by me. Of course you must think I’m a jerk.

It’s true that when I realized how much you mean to Tom, I panicked. I got afraid I might get cast aside as his best friend. I suppose in a way I was worried I’d get dumped again, not by a girlfriend this time, but by my best friend. And I was afraid Tom might end up getting hurt, like I had been.

I want to apologize to you, Ellen, for not trusting you, and for being such an idiot. I hope you can forgive me. As you wrote in your letter, you don’t deserve to be treated unkindly. I feel like such a fool.

Yes, I’d love the three of us to go out together soon, as friends. Tom really has the most wonderful ideas! 🙂

Best wishes,


In Episode 7, read about Ellen and Tom planning their wedding. Where do you think they are going to spend their honeymoon?

See my free Study Sheet on using GET in the Passive and in the Causative. You can download it as a PDF. GET_Passive_Causative_PDF

Get a Life! – The series

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