|'Get' and 'become'|
from Latvia asks:
Stepaneke from Austria asks:
Get, as we shall see, has many different meanings whereas become basically indicates development of some kind.
Get is more informal and is frequently used in speech; become is more formal and is more often used in writing.
Get/become + adjective
When used with adjectives, get indicates growth or development and can therefore be used as the preferred alternative to become in an informal register. Compare the following sentences:
Become + noun
cannot, however, use get with a noun, even though the meaning
is 'grow' or 'develop into'. We have to use become in this
Get + noun/pronoun
When we use get with a noun or a pronoun as a direct object, get usually means 'obtain', 'acquire', 'receive' or 'fetch'.
is impossible here:
Get and go to indicate movement
indicates the end of a journey and can be used informally as
an alternative to 'reach' or 'arrive at'. When we use go,
we are talking about the 'complete journey', usually. Compare the
Go, grow and turn to indicate a change of state
indicates a slow change and sounds literary. It can be replaced
by ‘become?or ‘get? Turn indicates a faster change and
can be replaced by ‘go?