Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Learn 20 passive "GET" Expressions in English!

Difficulty: 0

Buttoned or open?

Buttoned, opened.

Open, okay.

Hey, I was just getting dressed.

Hey, everyone.

I'm Alex.

Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on "20 Passive 'Get' Expressions".

So, a lot of you guys have been asking me for more lessons on the verb "get" because

it is everywhere in English, so today I'm going to look at 20 expressions that you can

use in the passive sense with "get".

So, basically to do a passive sentence with "get", you have: "get" plus a past participle verb.

In these sentences, "get" usually replaces the verbs "to be" or "become". Okay?

So if you're speaking in the past with "was" or "were", you would just replace "was" or

"were" with "got".

If you're replacing the verb "I am", okay?

You can just say: "I get" in the passive sense.

I think it will make a lot more sense once you see some examples, because if you feel

confused right now, after the examples you will say: "That's better.

Okay. It's not so bad."

And it's really not so bad, so let's look at the examples.

We'll practice pronunciation in this lesson, too.

So, first: "Get asked".

If someone asks you to do something, you get asked to do something.

For example: "I got asked to work overtime."

Someone asked me, probably my boss, definitely my boss asked me to work overtime, so I got

asked to work overtime.

Now, remember, here "get" is replacing a form of the verb "to be" or "become".

So, you could say: "I was asked" in a standard past simple passive sentence.

"I was asked to work overtime."

But in speaking we often substitute "was" or "were", or other forms of the verb "to

be" in passive sentences with "get".

All right, let's look at some more examples.

"Get blamed".

So, if you are blamed for something, this means someone accuses you of wrongdoing, of

doing something wrong.

So, for example: "She always gets blamed for everything."

So, if you know, maybe your sister, someone in your family, a co-worker of yours is always

accused of doing the wrong thing or is always accused of being the person who does the bad

thing: "She always gets blamed for everything."

I always got blamed for everything when I was a kid.

Not really.

Usually it was my youngest sister, but just an example.

All right?

So, next: "Get caught".

If you get caught doing something, this means someone saw you in the act of doing something,

and it's something you didn't want other people to see.

So, for example: "Don't do it.

You're going to get caught."

You'll often see this in, you know, crime dramas or movies where there's a bad guy,

and the police catch the bad guy or, you know, a video camera catches the crime in action,

so the criminal gets caught.

So, if you are caught, you get caught, you are seen in the act of doing something that

you don't want other people to see.


So: "Don't get caught."

"Get done".

So, to be completed. Right?

So, for example: "The project got done on time."

We finished the project.

The project got done by us-passive sense-on time.

All right?

"The project was done", "The project got done".

Next: "Get dressed".

You probably know this.

I did a video on, you know, getting dressed and...

What was it?

"Get dressed" and "Get dressed up", yeah.

Undressed and dressed up.

So: "I was getting dressed when you called."

I wiped that a little bit, sorry.

But you see it.


Unless you're looking on your phone, in which case, just look at a notebook or something,

or keep watching on your phone because the rest of this stuff is visible.

So: "Get dressed".

"I was getting dressed, I was putting my clothes on when you called me."


Next: "Get elected".

So, in a political election: "She got elected President.

She was elected by the people to become President".

-"Who got elected?"

-"She got elected."/"He got elected."

Just so we don't date this video I'm not going to mention the most, you know, recent political

situations happening in the world because we will all be angry, and we're not going

to do that.

So: "Get engaged".

So, before you get married, usually one of the people asks the other person to become

their husband and/or become their wife, become their life partner, and they say...

You can kind of see me.

"Will you marry me?"


So then you get engaged.

You are engaged after, you know, you accept the ring or whatever else, Cheerio or other

thing that you give to get engaged.


When did you get engaged?"


So: "I see the ring on your finger.

When did you get engaged?"

"Get fired".

So, if you get fired, this means you lose your job and this is when your boss tells

you you don't have a job anymore.

Usually if you get fired it's because of something you did, so try not to get fired.

"I got fired yesterday."

You know?

"I took one too many candies from the candy jar in the staff room."

Stupid reason to get fired, but let's go with it.

So: "I got fired yesterday."

"Get hit".

Get hit, right?

So: "He got hit by a car."

It's a dark example.

Let's just leave it there.

"Get hurt".


"You'll get hurt if you're not careful."

So maybe you're a parent and you're giving advice to your kids, and say: "Hey.

Don't do that.

You're going to get hurt.

You will get hurt, so be careful."

All right, before we continue to the next ten, let's do some pronunciation, let's do

some fluency practice.

Repeat these sentences after me.

So, I won't say the whole thing in some cases.

I'll say, like, the main chunk that you need for the info.

So, repeat after me: "I got asked to work overtime.", "She always gets blamed.", "You're

going to get caught.", "It got..."

Sorry about that, I was going to say "it", and replace "the project" with "it".

I'll say "the project".

"The project got done on time.", "I was getting dressed.", "She got elected.", "When did you

get engaged?", "I got fired yesterday.", "He got hit by a car, and we're very happy about

it for some reason."

Don't say that.

"You'll get hurt."

All right, let's do the other 10.

Okay, so next we have: "Get invited".

So if you get invited somewhere, to a party, a wedding, an anniversary, whatever it is,

you receive an invitation.

So, here: "Hey.

Did you get invited to her birthday?"

Did you receive an invitation, you know, by text, by word of mouth, by email?

"Did you get invited to her birthday?"

I don't know.

Next: "Get involved".

So, let's just look at the example.

"She got involved with the wrong people."

So, if you get involved, you become involved, you know, you become part of a situation or

an event, or a process.

So: "She got involved with the wrong people."

So, maybe this is a friend of yours who, you know, she met a group of people that were

a bad influence on her: "She got involved with the wrong people."

Next: "Get left".

So, this is...

"Left" is the past participle of "leave".

So: "She got left at the bus stop."

So maybe her parents, you know, dropped her off in their car, they left her at the bus

stop so she can wait for the bus: "She got left at the bus stop."


Next: "Get married".

Very common, right?

So: "They got married last year", probably after getting engaged.

So: "They got married."

I got married, she got married, he got married, we got married, we are getting married, we're

going to get married.

Any tense where you can use the passive, you can, you know, use "get" in the passive sense


Next: "Get offered".

So: "I think I'm gonna get offered the job."

I put "gonna", which is "going to", so: "I think I'm gonna get offered the job."

I think my interview went really well, and I think they will offer me the job.

I think I'm going to get offered the job.

Next: "Get paid".

"We're not getting paid today!"

I don't know why, whatever, but: "We are not getting paid."

The company or my boss is not going to pay me, so we are not getting paid.

Well, you probably get paid...

Hopefully you get paid every week or every two weeks depending on, you know, your pay

cycle at your company.

Next: "Get promoted".

So: "He deserves to get promoted."

This comes from "promotion", receiving a promotion at work.

When you go from one position to a higher position, you get promoted.

So: "He deserves to get promoted."

or "She deserves to get promoted."

Or: "I'm getting promoted!"


Next: "Get tired".

So, if something makes you tired and you are tired or you were tired, you can get tired.

So: "Never get tired of trying."

Just inspiration for everybody.

And finally: "Get told".

"I have gotten told to make more videos by you guys."

So that's what I'm doing by making this video about "get".

So, if you get told, that means someone tells you to do something.


So: "I have gotten told", I'm using the present perfect, which you can use in the passive.

"I have gotten told to make more videos."

You could also say, simple past: "I got told to make more videos."

All right, so just like the first ten, let's do some quick fluency practice, pronunciation

practice, repeat after me...

Again, I won't say the entire sentence in some cases.

Just repeat what I say.

"Did you get invited?", "She got involved.", "She got left.", "Don't get lost."

Did we do: "Get lost"?

I don't remember if we did: "Get lost".

Well, we're doing it now.

"Don't get lost.", "They got married.", "I'm gonna get offered the job.", "We're not getting

paid.", "He deserves to get promoted.", "Never get tired of trying.", "I've gotten told to

make more videos."

All right.

So, if you want to test your understanding of these 20...

5, 10, 15, 20 - 20 "get" expressions in the passive, as always, you can check out the

quiz on

And while you're there on engVid and you're watching this video, don't forget to, you

know, leave a comment in the comment section.

I usually reply to almost everything I read.

And, you know, maybe I'll say hi to you and you'll say hi to me.

Also, you can check me out on Facebook where I have a fan page, and you can check me out

on Twitter where I'm not as active, but I'm still there, usually talking about video games

or something.

And if you want to support the site, support what I do, support what we do at engVid, as

always, you can also donate to the site by checking out the support link on

So, til next time, thanks for clicking.

The Description of Learn 20 passive "GET" Expressions in English!