I think the full sentence is "we got it approved" Please correct me if I'm wrong and another question why approved (adj) comes after it (noun)?

  • Do you have example sentences? Mar 16, 2020 at 9:25
  • We got approval to extradite him on Monday.
    – user377131
    Mar 16, 2020 at 10:43
  • And it surprised both Boston and myself that we got it approved
    – user377131
    Mar 16, 2020 at 10:44
  • Get it done/ have it done -> get it approved/ have it approved. It is like 'Please get it posted; Please have it signed.' It is quite different from the kind of sentences you wrote, "We got approval." Both 'we got it done and we had it done' are similar in tense. 'get something done' and 'have something done' follows the order verb + Pron + Adv.
    – Ram Pillai
    Mar 16, 2020 at 15:33

2 Answers 2


get is a stand-in for many other verbs, among them: become, receive, buy (purchase), be

  • I got approval. I received approval.
  • I got a letter today. I received a letter today.

get is also used instead of be:

  • I got approved. = I was approved.
  • I got fired. = I was fired.

was/get approved is not adjectival. It is a passive construction:

  • I got approved [by x to do y]. For example.

    get approved is more colloquial and be approved is a bit more formal.

  • I remember a teacher once saying "Don't use 'get'. Get another verb." But then he was one of those strange Brits. I think everyone uses 'get' as a verb-of-all-trades to some degree or other (and doubtless generally more so in the States). "They're getting married" is 100% acceptable here in the UK whereas "I got approved" wouldn't be used by anywhere near that number, even in informal contexts. Apr 15, 2020 at 18:34
  • @EdwinAshworth Yes, get is a class/education thing, basically. And foreigners usually blow it as it is tricky to master.
    – Lambie
    Apr 15, 2020 at 21:11
  • We all sometimes blow English as tricky to master. And if we get remotely close, someone changes it. Apr 16, 2020 at 11:29
  • @EdwinAshworth You make me feel tired.
    – Lambie
    Apr 16, 2020 at 14:44
  • Me too. That should have been 'We all sometimes blow English, tricky to master as it is.' Apr 16, 2020 at 14:54

It's not an adjective here, but a passive participle.

It's using the complex verb pattern "get something verb-ed", which is effectively a causitive passive:

They got a house built.

She got him promoted.

This seems to be a blend of the get-causitive (eg "I got him to tell me about it") and the get-passive (eg I got promoted).

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