Past participles can be used with the verb get. Get may be followed by a wide variety of adjectives and may occur in any tense, including in a progressive form.
- I’m getting hungry. Let’s go pick up some food soon.
- I stopped working, because I got dizzy.
- You shouldn’t eat so much. You will get fat.
Following is a list of adjectives commonly used with get.
In the structure get + past participle, the past participle functions as an adjective; it describes the subject noun or pronoun of the sentence. Consider the following examples.
- They are getting engaged next week.
- Dad got worried, because Lola was three hours late and didn’t bother to call.
Using get + past participle instead of be + past participle indicates a changing situation. The meaning of get in the above sentences is similar to the meaning of become. Compare the examples above with the following.
- They will become engaged next week.
- Dad became worried, because Lola was three hours late and didn’t bother to call.
This structure with get can occur in any tense.
|PRESENT||They get tired.|
|PRESENT PROGRESSIVE||They are getting tired a lot lately.|
|PRESENT PERFECT||They have gotten tired.|
|PRESENT PERFECT PROGRESSIVE||They have been getting tired a lot lately.|
|PAST||They got tired.|
|PAST PROGRESSIVE||They were getting tired a lot lately.|
|PAST PERFECT||They had gotten tired.|
|PAST PERFECT PROGRESSIVE||They had been getting tired a lot lately.|
|FUTURE||They will get tired.|
|FUTURE PROGRESSIVE||They will be getting tired after just a few minutes of exercise.|
|FUTURE PERFECT||They will have gotten tired.|
|FUTURE PERFECT PROGRESSIVE||They will have been getting tired after just a few minutes of exercise.|
All the tense forms are grammatically correct. Some, such as the future perfect progressive, are avoided, however, because they sound awkward. A simpler tense is used in place of such awkward phrases.