When you use the phrase 'get involved', do you expect an object for it should be negative?

I've seen some examples using it since now. Their objects were mostly negative.


get involved in a bribery affair
get involved in a quarrel
get involved in an accident

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    I've been involved with EL&U for awhile now, and I don't think that's a negative thing.
    – J.R.
    Jun 14, 2012 at 16:09
  • Thanks guys for helps. I got that. Also, Andrew, thank you for your editing. it's good to know better way to ask Jun 15, 2012 at 1:25

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When you use the phrase 'get involved', do you expect an object for it should be negative?

No, a negative object isn't expected (nor is a positive one). One can get involved in positive things too, such as one's community, church, hackerspace, &c.

  • It might be more common usage to get involved in good things. But it is also correct to say "They might get involved in a quarrel", or bribery, or an accident. All were given as examples in the question. Jun 14, 2012 at 19:06
  • @FeralOink Do you feel that my answer says otherwise? My 'no' refers to OP's direct question, "do you expect an object for it should be negative?" Jun 14, 2012 at 19:11
  • Ahhh, I see what you mean now! I misread that. You were saying No, he should not expect negative things and you gave examples of positives. I see. You said the same as I, that get involved could refer to positive OR negative. I'm sorry. I can't remove my down vote now. I thought your answer was 100% wrong, because of how I misunderstood it, and that's why I downvoted. Jun 14, 2012 at 19:16
  • @FeralOink I will edit my answer! Jun 14, 2012 at 19:24
  • Thank you! Down vote reversed, replaced with up vote. I never did that as a single step. Kind of cool to see the vote count flip from 4 straight to 6! Jun 17, 2012 at 11:15

One may get involved in activities with negative OR positive connotations. The phrase get involved is entirely unrelated to the subject matter to which it is applied. A few examples of involvement in situations that are perceived as having less social merit, or deleterious to an individual's well-being:

People get involved in the illegal drug trade because it is lucrative


He might get involved in fraud

Of course, one may get involved with a civic society, a charity or volunteer organization, church group, advocacy effort for the disenfranchised, or a new coding project, all of which are positive.


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