He was washing the dishes and my son came beside me.

"Step back.

You will get splash by the water.

You will splash by the water. "

Should I add "get" behind "will"? Can I omit it?

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    It's "get splashed". You use the perfect tense of the verb, eg "if we don't put up a fence all the vegetables in our garden will get eaten by rabbits"
    – Andrew
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 13:39
  • @Andrew But that's not perfect tense. Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 13:44
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    @Andrew They are a plain infinitive/plain 3rd person singular, preterit/past-tense form, and past participle. I hate discussing terms and I know what you mean by 'perfect' here, so don't mind me here. :) Btw, I would call that a get-passive. Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 13:56
  • @user178049 Yes, it's passive using the "past participle" form (which many charts refer to as the "perfect" form).
    – Andrew
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 14:04

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The correct grammar for the "get-passive" form is to use the same verb tense as for constructing the past or present perfect:

Watch out, you'll get splashed (by the water).

We have to fence in the garden or else the vegetables will all get eaten by rabbits.

In this case "by the water" is usually unnecessary because "splash" already means "struck by some kind of liquid". Outside of a factory or a chemistry lab, the most common liquid to be splashed by is water.

The pedestrians were constantly getting splashed from the cars driving by.

The foundry put up metal barriers so that workers wouldn't accidentally get splashed by molten metal. (Note: these barriers are called "splash guards")

You don't have to use the passive voice:

Watch out or the water will splash you.

Watch out or I'm going to splash you.

  • What about by? Is it fine here? Oxford Collocations Dictionary doesn't cite it at all only mentioning with in that sense: Her clean clothes were all splashed with mud. By implies the doer of an action: We were splashed by a passing car. Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 20:08
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    @MvLog water can be the "doer" of the verb "to splash", eg "The water splashed me."
    – Andrew
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 20:16

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