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? – Decapitated Soul Mar 16 '20 at 9:25
  • We got approval to extradite him on Monday. – user377131 Mar 16 '20 at 10:43
  • And it surprised both Boston and myself that we got it approved – user377131 Mar 16 '20 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 '20 at 15:33

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. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 15 '20 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 '20 at 21:11
  • We all sometimes blow English as tricky to master. And if we get remotely close, someone changes it. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 16 '20 at 11:29
  • @EdwinAshworth You make me feel tired. – Lambie Apr 16 '20 at 14:44
  • Me too. That should have been 'We all sometimes blow English, tricky to master as it is.' – Edwin Ashworth Apr 16 '20 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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