Passive voice with GET- Voz pasiva con GET

 

The passive voice can also be made with “get”. Note: It is most commonly used in American English.

Examples:

  • I get paid every month- Me pagan todos los meses.
  • When are they going to get married? ¿Cuándo se casarán?
  • He got picked up at the office. Le recogieron en la oficina.
  • He didn’t get picked up at the office. No le recogieron en la oficina. Note: In the negative form we must add “do/does” for the present tense and “did” for the past tense.

In this case the structure is “get” + “past participle of the main verb” or “get” +“adjective”.

List of idiomatic expressions with “get” that are considered passive voice.

  • Get married – Casarse
  • Get divorced – Divorciarse
  • Get engaged – Comprometerse (para casarse)
  • Get dressed – Vestirse
  • Get washed- Lavarse
  • Get started – Empezar
  • Get mixed up- Confundirse
  • Get fired – (Amer) Despedir a alguien
  • Get sacked -(Brit) Despedir a alguien
  • Get drunk – Emborracharse
  • Get caught- Ser pillado
  • Get lost- Perderse

Notice that in most cases these verbs are translated into Spanish as a reflexive form ending in –se; casarse, confundirse.

Sometimes “get + adjective” is not a passive voice.

Example:

  • Get ready- Prepárate. “ready” is not a past participle. It’s an adjective.

Sometimes “get + adjective” is not considered a true passive because the subject does the action.

Examples:

  • She got upset – Se disgustó
  • She got angry – Se enfadó.

Notice that in these cases, the subject does the action. There is no third person involved.