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Is it correct to say 'She is getting more used to me visiting'? I am just wondering about the use of 'more'.

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  • It's the use of 'get' that people would probably take more issue with. 'Get' implies something more active than what you are trying to convey. As a preference I would use "She is becoming more used to me visiting.' Out of interest, what did you think was wrong with using 'more?'
    – Jascol
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 13:57
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    @Jascol: Are you seriously suggesting that most native speakers would prefer I'm becoming used to it over I'm getting used to it ?!?. According to those Google Books searches, the former is almost 400 times less common. Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 14:16
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    @FumbleFingers: in the U.S., there are certain misguided grammar police who think "get" is colloquial, and should be avoided whenever possible. I suspect that this started with the use of got or have got for have and was mistakenly broadened to cover all uses of get. Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 14:22
  • @Peter: I understand that - in fact I'd say there's more than a soupcon of the same prejudice on this side of the pond (but I bet at least some of our grammar nazis take issue with it purely on the grounds that it's American! :) Personally I've no problem with most uses of get, but I can never remember how you guys decide when it's "okay" to use gotten (or how strictly observed the rule is), so I probly get that one "wrong" quite often. But grammar nazis are wasting their time railing against actual usage figures showing a 400:1 preference for a usage they object to. Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 14:52
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    Aren't you guys supposed to be busy asking the OP to put a reference/research in the question and closing it? I see only one close vote cast. What is X Nazi to do with the question? I will flag all of your irrelevant comments and see what happens.
    – user140086
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 16:39

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It's correct, just not very nice to the ear. I'd say the "more" can just be dropped as it is slightly redundant.

She is getting used to me visiting

"Getting" already implies an action over time. Hence the "more" isn't strictly necessary.

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    I disagree. More does add something to the meaning.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 16:14
  • I'm with @ColinFine. "getting used to" suggests that the process of becoming comfortable is mostly complete. "getting more used to" implies that her comfort is slowly increasing, but is not close to completed yet.
    – Barmar
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 19:43

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