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