I see that people use both of them, but are there any differences between them? what do they mean exactly?

For instance:

I got him upset.

I made him upset.


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Both make and get participate in galore idioms, so they certainly can't be swapped. In cases where they both work, they mostly mean the same (Cause), but any differences that aren't idiomatic have to do with the equation of make with create, a permanent and serious effect, which allows get to refer preferentially to temporary and frivolous effects (Get him to bend over, Get him drunk, Get it working).

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    As I put it originally, "I said what I think in a comment. But I can't read it when they're locked." I would probly format this differently, but it's what I'd put in an answer. Sep 11, 2021 at 20:49
  • Another distinction between make and get with adjectives is that get, but not make, can be inchoative and not just causative. You can get him tired, or you can get tired. You can make him tired, but you can't *make tired. Make is strictly causative (and transitive); get can swing both ways. Sep 12, 2021 at 15:42
  • What's a galore idiom?
    – Rosie F
    Oct 16, 2021 at 5:25
  • Galore is plural, and famous as a quantifier that can't precede its noun. Beautiful women galore, but not *galore beautiful women. Oct 16, 2021 at 16:56
  • @JohnLawler Could you expound on how "get" refers preferentially to "temporary and frivolous" effects? "Get him to…" isn't quite "Make him bend over…" and "Get it working…" isn't quite "Make it work…" but how is "Get him…" different at all from "Make him drunk…", how are any of those differences "temporary and frivolous" and come to that, how are "temporary" and "frivolous" comparable? Oct 16, 2021 at 21:50

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