So today, in an english lesson we got into an argument with the teacher wether both options of "got involved" and "getting involved" were correct in a workbook exercise.
The task in question was to fill in the blanks for the following sentence:
"Dennis started spending time hanging about on the streets and _____ (get) involved in gangs and street crime."
My own teacher told me that I didn't understand her explanation on why 'got' is correct. And I completely agree with that answer, however I'm fairly certain that 'getting' is also correct. My basis for this is that you can interpret the sentence as portrayed by these scemes: (started () and started ()), ((started ___) and (____)).
Another teacher said that 'getting' would be correct, however she doesn't believe that the concept of getting involved over time is a thing.
So my question is: Is 'getting involved' correct in this context?